Author Topic: There aint arf been some clever bastards...  (Read 837 times)


hellymedic

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Re: There aint arf been some clever bastards...
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2020, 02:52:12 am »
My Dad was at school and played chess with Roger.

I think he has a photo of his Sixth Form chess pals.

UCS of his peers brought you Roger Bannister, Harold, Mayer and Ellis Hillman, several Penroses and more...

Re: There aint arf been some clever bastards...
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2020, 09:09:22 am »
Just noting that the speciality of the patriarch - and some progeny - was genetics. Jus' sayin'

hellymedic

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Re: There aint arf been some clever bastards...
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2020, 03:10:02 pm »
Suspect these brainboxes were not bastards...

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Re: There aint arf been some clever bastards...
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2020, 09:39:08 pm »
Spent the afternoon/early evening chez parents.
Dad says:
He still has the picture of the chess players
Roger liked my grandmother's chocolate cake
Roger and Jonathan used to construct 3D puzzles and use Dad as a guinea pig, rejecting puzzles Dad could solve
Dad went hitch-hiking & camping with Roger & others in Northern Italy. Roger took ill with fever one Friday night but the found a Jewish doctor named Ashkenazi, who dose him with penicillin and advised re fever reduction.
Lionel stated honey was Kosher because bees regurgitated their food and had cloven hooves...

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hellymedic

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Re: There aint arf been some clever bastards...
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2020, 09:13:18 pm »
Old photos were collected for a book for Dad's recent 90th, including the chess players.
Back row standing: Donald Swift Hook, Aron Vecht, Jonathan Penrose,
Seated: Roger Penrose, Mayer Hillman, John Silver.

Re: There aint arf been some clever bastards...
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2020, 09:15:29 pm »
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/sep/10/uk-mathematician-martin-hairer-wins-richest-prize-in-academia-breakthrough

That's impressive. When do the home office deport him?

During some historical research I encountered this remarkable family whose story is an example of the turbulence experienced by Jews in Europe, including the UK. Their achievements are all the more remarkable.

 https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsbm.2017.0039#d3e1909
Sic transit and all that..