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Robert Blake and Wm. Roger Louis

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206262

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206262.001.0001

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Churchill and Science

Churchill and Science

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(p.427) 24 Churchill and Science
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Churchill
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R. V. Jones

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206262.003.0025

Winston Churchill's attitude towards science and technology may be vividly traced through his words and actions at those stages of his life where they claimed his attention. On surveying his record at Harrow and preparing for the entrance examination to Sandhurst in 1893, he reckoned that chemistry was one of his only two good subjects, the other being English. Churchill's appreciation of natural history survived through the intervening years, which took him as an army officer or war correspondent to India, Omdurman, Cuba, and South Africa, and as a politician to the Board of Trade, the Home Office, and the Admiralty. Churchill took a vigorous interest in the technology of warfare, even to the extent of contributing ideas of his own from time to time, such as the tank, the mulberry harbour, and the atomic bomb; he appreciated science especially for its applications to new weaponry. Churchill College, opened in 1964, is the firmest of testaments to Churchill's regard for science and technology and to his concern for their part in the future of mankind.

Keywords:   Winston Churchill, science and technology, Sandhurst, Churchill College, natural history, chemistry, warfare, weaponry, atomic bomb

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