Obituaries - E

Obituaries - E

George Eason

George Eason was born in Chesterfield on 15 March 1930, the son of Henry Swindell Eason and his wife Annie Shepherd (née Warchurst). His early childhood was spent in the mining village of North Wingfield (near Chesterfield), where he attended the local primary school. In 1941 he was awarded a scholarship to Clay Cross Tupton Hall Grammar School, and a County Major Scholarship in 1948 enabled him to go to Birmingham University to study Mathematics (with subsidiary Physics) with G N Watson and R E (later Sir Rudolf) Peierls as Professors of Mathematics. Read more about George Eason

Michael Stephen Patrick Eastham

Michael Eastham will be remembered as a leading mathematical analyst who contributed extensively to the theory of ordinary differential equations. Michael was born in London on 2 December 1937. After attending Manchester Grammar School, he entered Merton College, Oxford in 1956 and graduated in 1959 with double first class honours in Mathematics. Read more about Michal Eastham

Evelyn Algernon Valentine Ebsworth

Evelyn Ebsworth came to Edinburgh from Cambridge in 1967 as the inaugural Crum Brown Professor of Chemistry and brought with him fresh and stimulating ideas in both teaching and research to inorganic chemistry. Together with Charles Kemball and John (now Sir John) Cadogan he established an innovative, competitive and well-balanced School that regained Edinburgh’s world-class reputation in chemistry. His lively sense of humour and skill with puns and literary allusions will be remembered by generations of those he taught. He was born in Richmond, Yorkshire, on St Valentine’s Day, 1933 and at the age of seven he sailed to South Africa to join his father, Brigadier WA Ebsworth, who was stationed there during the Second World War. He later moved to Southern Rhodesia and Kenya, returning to England in 1945. After attending Marlborough College he went to Kings College Cambridge as Exhibitioner in 1951, to read chemistry, and graduated with a First in 1954. Learn more about Evelyn Ebsworth

William Leonard Edge

William Leonard Edge, geometer, died, aged 92, on 27th September 1997 at Bonnyrigg, near Edinburgh. He was born on 8th November 1904 in Stockport, Cheshire. Both parents were teachers, his father a headmaster. His family called him Leonard. Maintaining Edwardian style he liked to be 'Edge' to colleagues and friends. Read more about William Leonard Edge

Arthur David Edwards

Emeritus Professor Arthur David Edwards FRSE was born on 11th November 1925 in Eastbourne and passed away peacefully on the 27th March 2014. He was a Civil Engineer and academic of the highest calibre. Arthur was educated first at Eastbourne Grammar School, then Northampton Engineering College in the years immediately following the second world war, obtaining his BSc (Engineering) from the University of London in 1950. During the war, he was in the volunteer naval reserve, rising to sub-lieutenant and serving on a fleet destroyer in the northern Atlantic and Arctic oceans. He spent the first six years after graduation in engineering practice, then returned to postgraduate study in London, and subsequently received his PhD from Imperial College London in 1965. Read more about Arthur Edwards.

William Julius Eggeling

In the heyday of the Uganda Forest Department in the 1930s and 1940s, and in the formative years of nature conservation in Scotland in the 1950s and 1960s, Dr W J (Joe) Eggeling was a dominant figure. He died peacefully in hospital in Perth on 10 February 1994. Today when the forests of Africa are under threat, and the natural heritage of Scotland is cared for as never before, the life and work of W J Eggeling is remembered with deep gratitude. Read more about William Julius Eggeling

Maurice Douglas Warburton Elphinstone

Sir Douglas Elphinstone, actuary and stockbroker, died at Holme Eden Abbey (near Carlisle) on 5 December 1995. He was born on 13 April 1909 in Eynsford, Kent, the eldest son of the Reverend Canon Maurice Elphinstone and Christiana Almond. His childhood was spent in Sowerby Bridge, where his father was Vicar. His mother was the daughter of Dr Almond, Headmaster of Loretto School from 1861 to 1903, and Elphinstone himself was a pupil at Loretto from 1918 to 1928. Read more about Maurice Douglas Warburton Elphinstone

Ivor Malcolm Haddon Etherington

Ivor Etherington was born in Lewisham on 8 February 1908, the son of Bruce and Annie Margaret Etherington, Baptist missionaries working in Ceylon. His father had been born in India and his mother in Ceylon; both came from talented families which had made significant contributions in a variety of walks of life. His paternal grandfather, also a Baptist missionary, had written a standard text on Hindi grammar, whilst his maternal grandfather had been a prominent figure in the political and agricultural life of Ceylon. A great uncle on his father's side, John Haddon, edited the first Baptist hymnary, for which he invented the typesetting of music. Read more about Ivor Malcolm Haddon Etherington

(Henry) John Evans

John Evans was a distinguished biological scientist, whose research on how potentially hazardous substances can alter the genetic structure and function of cells has done much to set standards to protect humans from the harmful effects of these substances occurring in the environment and in the workplace. During the 25 years of his inspired leadership, the MRC Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh expanded to become one of the world’s leading centres for genetics research. Read more about Henry John Evans


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