Scientists

We hear many stories of amazing Quaker connections and just had to tell you of the very interesting letter we received about Crystallographer Dame Kathleen Lonsdale, depicted on the Scientists panel…

“Many years ago I was an apprentice compositor in the printing trade. In those days it was Letterpress Printing, where pieces of metal were set together forming lines of type. The printing company who employed me was printing and publishing a series of books for London University. Kathleen Lonsdale was the editor of three books on x-ray crystallography.

One day the highly skilled compositor thought he’d identified an error in one of the complicated equations he was setting. After much discussion, it was decided it was necessary to telephone Kathleen Lonsdale at London University. Kathleen checked her papers and told the General Manager the compositor was correct and a new equation would be sent straight away.

She wanted to come and see this compositor who spotted this error. So she travelled up to Kynoch Press in Birmingham by train and talked to the compositor, stating it would be a useful example for her students to be told that an error could be detected because the pattern was wrong, not because the compositor who spotted the error was a qualified mathematician. This was the only time I met this lady, many years before she was knighted.”

You can read more about Kathleen Lonsdale in our blog 

Did you know?…The terms “uppercase” and “lowercase” come from the way in which print shops were organized hundreds of years ago. Individual pieces of metal type were kept in boxes called cases. The smaller letters, which were used most often, were kept in a lower case that was easier to reach.

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