William explored teaching problems beyond the textbooks and was encouraged by AAAS meetings and the need to nominate students for the new 1851 Exhibition Research Scholarships. Lawrence began his education, loved his grandparents' rambling home, and enjoyed family holidays by the sea. William led the development of a student union. His extension lectures were over-subscribed, particularly those on radio and the new X-rays. Willie fractured an elbow, which was X-rayed in his father's laboratory, a sign of the collaboration to come. William continued to facilitate University/School of Mines interaction and to foster teacher training and support. Ernest Rutherford, on his way to Cambridge, visited William at the university. Sir Thomas Elder's will funded a new Conservatorium of Music.
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