50 Years Ago

Mr. K. E. B. Jay, who was well known for his popular books on atomic energy, died at his home in East Hendred, Berkshire, on August 3, at the age of fifty-five. ... In all his writing Jay took immense pains both to keep in mind the needs of his readers for a clear and simple exposition, and also to preserve scientific accuracy. In this way he was able to achieve the objectives he set himself, and at the same time to retain fully the confidence of the scientists about whose work he wrote: nearly all his writing was based on first-hand discussion with them. ... He was an excellent lecturer both in the history of atomic energy and on the presentation of scientific information ... Science is becoming more complex, more expensive and more difficult to understand; at the same time, its understanding by laymen in industry and Government must increase if science is to be efficiently applied. Kenneth Jay had an outstanding ability to bridge this gap in communication between scientists and laymen; there is a great need for many more like him.

From Nature 13 November 1965

100 Years Ago

A further appeal is made for the presentation or loan of telescopes for use with the batteries at the Front. Large telescopes on stands, deer-stalking telescopes, good pocket telescopes — in short, any type except toys are acceptable. Astronomical eye-pieces, etc., not wanted on service, are removed before issuing and marked with a number identical with that engraved on the telescope. Offers or instruments should be sent to the secretary, Lady Robert's Field Glass Fund, National Service League, 72 Victoria Street, S.W.

From Nature 11 November 1915 Footnote 1