Monday, March 15, 2010

Recognising achievement and promoting science

Question for Cllr Claire Campion-Smith and Cllr Simon Cook, 25 March Cabinet meeting:

*Bristol doing more to mark the work of Paul Dirac:

Paul Dirac was one of the greatest scientists of the last century. He found a link between Einstein's theory of special relativity and the laws of quantum mechanics. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1933 at a very young age.

There is far too little in Bristol to mark his life and the excellence of his work, despite the fact that Bristol produced him - Bishop Rd School; Merchant Venturer's Technical School, which later became Cotham Grammar School; Bristol University; family lived in Monk Rd and Julius Rd in Bishopston and his father was a very well known teacher locally. All we have is a blue plaque on his childhood home, Dirac Road and the Small Worlds sculpture with its plaque which is quite hard to find.

Would it not be more fitting, given the the scale of this man's achievements, as well as being in the interest of promoting science in the city, to further recognise him by: a) arranging for an annual 'Bristol's Paul Dirac Award' for scientific achievement locally/regionally and/or b) arranging for a set of teaching materials to be written and circulated for use in Bristol schools and colleges?

1 comment:

  1. We have praised the man in Bristol Traffic. But otherwise: little trace. We should rename the M32 parkway Diracs way when it gets downgraded from a motorway, have the university do something, go out and do some pushing of diracs ideas in every school.


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