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Dr. A. L. Smith

Nature volume 113, page 650 (03 May 1924) | Download Citation



BY the death of Dr. A. L. Smith, the Master of Balliol, on April 12 at the age of seventy-three years, the cause of science has lost one of its most sympathetic and effective supporters. Amid the many calls of his busy life he contrived to keep in touch with the progress of discovery, and for a layman he had a remarkably wide knowledge of science and clear grasp of its problems. Nothing did he enjoy more than hearing at first-hand an account of a research, and discussing the ideas underlying it and the nature of the investigation. It seemed likely that if in his school days there had been the wider opportunities of to-day, science would have had an irresistible attraction for him. But, as it was, he was elected to a Classical Exhibition at Balliol College, Oxford, in 1869, and after getting a “first” in classical Moderations and in Greats, he turned to modern history, in which he was to be the leading tutor in Oxford for nearly half a century.

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