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Sir Horace Lamb, F.R.S

Naturevolume 135pages255257 (1935) | Download Citation



HORACE LAMB was born at Stockport in 1849. His childhood was passed mostly in a household where the strictness of the religious ideas prevailing at that time left little scope for his naturally happy nature and his great vitality. These qualities, which so endeared him to his friends in later years, began to appear at school. At Stockport Grammar School, he had the good fortune to come under a sound and kindly scholar named Hamilton, who quickly appreciated his merits, and finally sent him up to Cambridge, where in 1867 he gained a classical scholarship at Queens' College. At that time his allegiance was almost equally divided between classics and mathematics, but his visit to Cambridge, when he sat for the scholarship examination, turned the scale in favour of mathematics. On his return to Stockport he decided not to take up his classical scholarship but to sit for a mathematical one at Trinity in the following year. His interest in classics and literature, however, remained with him all his life, and had a profound influence on his children, all but one of whom turned to literature or art rather than to science.


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