Francis William.

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Francis William was born in Harborne, England back in 1877 to William and Fanny. After finishing high school at Harborne Vicarage he enrolled in Mason College. He received a scholarship to the University of Birmingham, graduating in 1910 with a Bachelor’s in Applied/Pure Science and a Doctorate in 1914.

He started researching something, but due to the outbreak of WWI, it was delayed until 1919. On a private side he was a sportsman, cross-country skier and during the season an ice-skater. He was a very good piano, violin and cello player. He never married, except for his work. He was also a skilled photographer and astronomer.

What you may not know about Francis William Aston is that he invented the mass spectrograph winning the 1922 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He was a fellow of the Royal Society and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He died in 1945 at 68.

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. A well rounded chap indeed. He had many talents. Enjoy your day!

Jan 05, 2019 04:29 AM #1
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a talented man, ice skating is something that I have never tried, I would likely hurt myself, haha.

Jan 05, 2019 05:03 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He sure lived a fulfilling life.

Jan 05, 2019 05:19 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I also would say a man of many talents and will have to some research on the spectrograph.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 05, 2019 05:24 AM #4
Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
HomeSmart - Phoenix, AZ


This is quite interesting. Thank you for the information


Jan 05, 2019 05:42 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What a great read today. An extradinary person this man.

Jan 05, 2019 06:17 AM #6
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray the mass spectrograph is responsible for scientists being enabled to measure particles as small as ions.... charged masses... 

Jan 05, 2019 06:57 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morning James - he was certainly quite talented with a variety of different achievements.

Jan 05, 2019 07:07 AM #8
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

He sure had a lot of gifts! A very talented man that created an important tool for the scientists that followed.

Jan 05, 2019 07:19 AM #9
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,

You introduced us to another well rounded talented man who was indeed a creative man to invent something so useful!

Jan 05, 2019 08:21 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray -  My husband has a very primative is called a prism.  He placed it on a window sill to capture the sun at sunrise, and watch the prism move daily with the movement of the sun to the north or south.prism

Jan 05, 2019 08:29 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Once again, a great history lesson for us here in the rain James.  Thanks for all your information.


Jan 05, 2019 08:36 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I am always amazed at the many talented people in the world who have impacted our world with their inventions and discoveries. 

Jan 05, 2019 09:17 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You featured another great talent, and  a worthy Nobel prize winner to boot.  Happy Weekend to you.  A

Jan 05, 2019 10:00 AM #14
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