PBOF. ALBERT GRIFFITHS was born at Chester on October 8, 1867, and after the removal of his family to Manchester was educated at the Manchester Central School, the Royal College of Science, London, and in 1887 won the Dalton entrance scholarship to the Owens College, Manchester, then one of the constituent colleges of the Victoria University. He was one of the first students to read for the honours degree in physics of the University, and at the end of his first year was awarded the Heginbottom Scholarship. He obtained the degree of B.Sc. with first-class honours in 1890, and went to Germany to continue his studies at Freiburg.