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The Hour-Glass (Poem by Ben Jonson)


The Hour-Glass

Consider this small dust, here in the glass,
By atoms moved:
Could you believe that this the body was
Of one that loved;
And in his mistress' flame playing like a fly,
Was turned to cinders by her eye:
Yes ; and in death, as life unblest,
To have't exprest,
Even ashes of lovers find no rest.

by Ben Jonson (1572-1637)


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Potassium (Spelling Mnemonic)


Mnemonic (spelling mnemonic) for the correct spelling of POTASSIUM:

Remember one tea, two sugars.

(1 x T) + (2 x S)


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William Ellis School (London, UK)

William Ellis School Background:
  • William Ellis School is located in London, United Kingdom.
  • It is a secondary comprehensive school for boys in Highgate, London.
  • Now known as a specialist Language College.
  • School motto - 'Rather Use Than Fame'.
William Ellis School History & Origins
  • Founded by William Ellis, a public-spirited businessman who established the school in 1862 at Gospel Oak (known as Gospel Oak Schools).
  • The Gospel Oak Schools were reconstituted as a boys' secondary school in 1889.
  • His desire was that children to be taught "useful" subjects such as science, and be trained to develop sound reasoning skills.
William Ellis School Famous Alumni:
  • Andrew Sachs - Actor.
  • Bernard Jenkin - Member of Parliament.
  • Fred Titmus - England cricketer 1955-1975.
  • Hugh Cornwell - Singer-songwriter 'The Stranglers'.
  • Julien Temple - Film maker.
  • Len Deighton - Author & film maker.
  • Mark Bedford - Bass guitarist for Madness.
  • Michael Green - Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, Cambridge University.
  • Michael Waldman - TV producer, director.
  • Neil Turok - Professor of Mathematical Physics, Cambridge University.
  • Richard Causton - Composer.
  • Richard Thompson - Singer/songwriter & guitarist.
  • Sean Yazbeck - The Apprentice (US Season 5), winner.
  • Sir John Dellow - Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.
  • Steffan Taylor - High Court Judge.
  • Tobias Abse -Lecturer in European History, Goldsmith's, University of London.
  • Toby Young - Author

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Lucasian Professor of Mathematics (University of Cambridge)


Lucasian Professor of Mathematics Important Facts:
  • The Lucasian Professor is the holder of a mathematics professorship at the University of Cambridge, England.
  • It is one of the world's most prestigious academic posts.
  • Was first founded in 1663 by Henry Lucas (MP for the University of Cambridge).
  • Chair officially established by King Charles II (January 18, 1664).
  • Previous holder was Stephen Hawking, till September 2009 (pictured).
  • Current holder is Michael Green FRS, from October 2009.
Henry Lucas & the Professorship:
  • Lucas, in his will, bequeathed his 4,000 volume library to the University of Cambridge.
  • Included in the will also was instruction for the purchase of land whose earning should provide £100 a year for the founding of a professorship.
  • It was also stipulated that the holder of the professorship should not be active in the church.
Previous Holders of the Fellowship:
  1. Isaac Barrow
  2. Sir Isaac Newton
  3. William Whiston
  4. Nicolas Saunderson
  5. John Colson
  6. Edward Waring
  7. Isaac Milner
  8. Robert Woodhouse
  9. Thomas Turton
  10. Sir George Biddell Airy
  11. Charles Babbage
  12. Joshua King
  13. Sir George Gabriel Stokes
  14. Sir Joseph Larmor
  15. P. A. M. Dirac
  16. Sir M. James Lighthill
  17. Stephen Hawking
  18. Michael Green

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