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date: 10 August 2020

Jeans, Sir James Hopwoodlocked

(1877–1946)
  • A. J. Meadows

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Jeans, Sir James Hopwood (1877–1946), mathematician and astronomer, was born on 11 September 1877 at 29 Kew Road, Birkdale, Lancashire, the only son of William Tulloch Jeans, parliamentary journalist, and his wife, Martha Ann Hopwood. On his father's side there was a strong newspaper tradition: both his grandfather and his great-grandfather had owned newspapers. His mother came from a strongly evangelical family, and this made for a rather strict and unhappy childhood. However, he shared a liking for walking with his father, and the latter, who wrote two popular science books, encouraged his son's intellectual interests....

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