Past Years: an Autobiography

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IT can confidently be said that the life-story of no man in the scientific world to-day, is likely to be of greater interest to us than that of Sir Oliver Lodge. There is more than one reason for this, but the one above all others which we would have Sir Oliver realise, is that he has gained a quite peculiar place in the regard of his fellow-countrymen. His eminence in science is known to the multitude, and there is no one who has shown greater gifts in teaching them about the things in science on which they particularly want more light. It may be quite true that it is Sir Oliver's concern with matters ‘psychic’ which has aroused the widest interest of all, and will, perhaps, secure him most readers. But those in science whose memories go back to his early days, will say that they saw him then clearly predestined to fame as a scientific discoverer and as a leading expositor of scientific thought to his generation.

Past Years: an Autobiography.

By Sir Oliver Lodge. Pp. 364 + 13 plates. (London: Hodder and Stoughton, Ltd., 1931.) 20s. net.

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SMITHELLS, A. Past Years: an Autobiography . Nature 129, 74–77 (1932) doi:10.1038/129074a0

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