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Robert Bellamy Clifton

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Professor R. B. Clifton

March 13, 1836 - February 21 1920

The only son of a Lincolnshire gentleman, he was educated at University College, London, and at St. John’s College, Cambridge, coming out sixth wrangler in the Tripos of 1859 and second Smith’s prizeman, the senior wrangler and first Smith’s prizeman being Canon Wilson.

His Cambridge record is typical of his subsequent career; he was a man of great learning, but also of great deliberation; obtaining a fellowship at St. John’s.

1860 He went to Owens College, Manchester as professor of natural philosophy.

1865 Was appointed professor of experimental philosophy in the University of Oxford, which he held until 1915. [1]

President of the Physical Society. [2]

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