John Meurig Thomas

Sir John Meurig Thomas, worked at the Davy-Faraday Research Laboratory for 20 years as Director of the RI, its Fullerian Professor, and Director and Emeritus Professor of the DFRL.

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Mansel Davies was a scientist of the highest quality, a formidable historian and philosopher of science, a brilliantly effective teacher of undergraduates and supervisor of research students, a passionate crusader for social and political justice, a lifelong militant pacifist, a Pugwash participant, a committed humanist with strong leanings towards Buddhism, a prolific author and letter writer, a discriminating collector, a riveting anecdotalist, a man of omnivorous literary, musical and scientif ic tastes.
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