Snow, C.P. (Charles Percy), 1905-1980

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Birth 1905-10-15
Death 1980-07-01

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Charles Percy Snow was an English scientist, author, and statesman. Born in to a poor family, he chose to study science because financial aid was available for that discipline. After taking a Ph.D. in Physics from Oxford, he began publishing novels; despite early success, he entered government service, and had a long and distinguished career. Throughout his life, he balanced his interests in science, writing, and politics, making genuine contributions in all three arenas. As an author, he wrote novels, plays, criticism, and essays, and is perhaps best remembered for the semi-autobiographical eleven-novel Strangers and Brothers cycle.

From the description of Charles Percy Snow letters and galley proofs of Last things, 1967-1970. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 61143695

English physicist, government official, and author.

From the description of Collection, 1931-1980. (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122419029

Although Ithaca College has not yet responded completely to Snow's challenge, it began in 1964 a lecture series in his honor, presenting speakers who bridge the gap between the sciences and the humanities that Snow described in his work on the "two cultures".

From the description of Speech by Rt. Hon. Lord Snow at the opening Convocation of the 75th anniversary celebration of the founding of Ithaca College, 6 October 1967. 1967 (Ithaca College Library). WorldCat record id: 277454032


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  • New York (State)--Ithaca (as recorded)