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Covers his family background, upbringing, education at the University of Cambridge, and positions at University of Edinburgh, Imperial College, University of Belfast, Royal Holloway College and University of Sussex. The scientific topics discussed include: the development of Newtonian cosmology, the origins and development of steady-state cosmology; work on theories of the solar system.
Early experiences in forestry with the Ottawa Field Naturalist Club; study of physics and geology at the University of Toronto (1926-1930, B.A. 1930), influence of Satterly; Massey fellowship to Cambridge University (1930-1932, M.A. 1932), contact with Jeffreys; work at Princeton in geology (1932-1936, Ph.D.), contacts with A. Einstein, L. Infeld, Scheidegger, and Field. U.S. Geological Survey, (1936-1938). World War II involvement with British Sappers in Dover (1940). Director of Operational Research, Canadian Airborne (1943). Professor of Physics, University of Toronto (1946-1967).