Francis William

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Francis William was born in Harborne, Birmingham, England back in 1877 to William and Fanny. Educated at Harborne Vicarage School and Malvern College. From 1896 he researched organic chemistry in a private laboratory at his father’s house.

His interest to fermentation chemistry and he worked for the W. Butler & Co. Brewery from 1900-03 when he returned to the University of Birmingham as an Associate. He received a scholarship and as such continued research with the discovery of X-rays and radioactivity.

A never-ending longing for knowledge kept him active as with the invention of motorized vehicles he built a combustion engine of his own in 1902. Just to give you an example of how talented this man was he was involved in cross-country skiing, skating, cycling, swimming, golf (my favorite), and tennis. He was an accomplished musician playing the piano, violin and cello.   One other thing he was a skilled photographer and spent some of his time studying astronomy. He died in 1945 at 68.

Now for the all-important question, sorry I almost forgot to tell you I’m writing about Francis William Aston. Still doesn’t ring a bell, hmm let’s see he won the 1922 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of the mass spectrograph of isotopes and for his enunciation of the whole number rule. Just like me I’m always on the quest for knowledge about real estate. However, not to the extent as Mr. Aston, my brain capabilities are just not there. So, tell me are you always on the quest for knowledge about real estate? If not, why not?

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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Mr. Aston led quite a distinguished life! Always questioning and look what discoveries he unfolded! Thanks for introducing us to him..I've never heard of him.

Dec 08, 2016 04:49 AM #1
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Real estate is my field of play, but as good as I can be I don't think someone like you will be blogging about me in 50 years.

Dec 08, 2016 05:00 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I participated in a couple of his activities and know how to make a violin squeal!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 08, 2016 05:15 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Francis William, like most, is a mystery to me! Like you, real estate knowledge is a constant quest! Enjoy your day!

Dec 08, 2016 05:28 AM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We are both sponges for knowledge, how else can you stay on the leading edge?  A

Dec 08, 2016 06:09 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Another interesting story on someone I never knew.

Dec 08, 2016 07:58 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like such an amazing man, I can't believe I have never even heard of him until now, haha.

Dec 08, 2016 10:55 AM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- what an accomplished man!  Yes, I am always on the quest for knowledge...but on a much lower level than Francis William Aston. 

Dec 08, 2016 11:21 AM #8
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

You could possible be the most interesting man in the world with all these stories! ....But then you would have to stop selling real estate and be on all those commercials ...LOL

Have a great night!

Dec 08, 2016 05:27 PM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - Like Aston, I am always on a quest for knowledge.  

Dec 08, 2016 06:01 PM #10
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

I googled Francis William Aston, James Dray. Why? I am a professional Astrologer and his love and quest of knowledge sounded very Virgo. Yes, born on September 1st. His love of so many things (i.e.) music/sports... told me he had many interests besides knowledge; therefore, he had to be heavily colored in the sign Gemini. Gemini sign is noted for being a 'Jack of all Trades.' Geminis love and are good at doing many different things; but, it is his being born as a Virgo that made him a 'master' at one.    

Dec 08, 2016 11:03 PM #11
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I knew about the last name of Aston but not the rest of the story. I love the stories of inventors and where they start. One of the most interesting places I have been in the Wright Brothers National Museum in Dayton, Ohio. Their start was with bicycles.

Dec 09, 2016 03:55 AM #12
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