Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, 1869-1959

@article{Blackett1960CharlesTR,
  title={Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, 1869-1959},
  author={Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett},
  journal={Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society},
  year={1960},
  pages={269 - 295}
}
  • P. Blackett
  • Published 1 November 1960
  • Medicine
  • Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society
Charles Thomson Rees Wilson was born on 14 February 1869 at the farmhouse of Crosshouse near Glencorse in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh. He was the youngest of eight children by the two marriages of his father John Wilson, a very progressive sheep farmer, whose family had farmed in the neighbourhood for generations, and who himself had published papers in the Journal of the Highland and Agricultural Society on various experiments in farming. Charles’s mother, Annie Clark Harper, was a… 
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