When Lancashire mathematician Bernard Cannon was busy doing his sums at school, he never imagined he would end up working with Albert Einstein. READ MORE: Click here for more storiesDescribed as a ‘quiet man,’ he never really talked about his work or his contemporaries, but there were plenty of people who were willing to shout about his academic success.Born in Euxton to Joseph and Ellen Cannon, Bernard showed an enthusiasm for numbers at an early age.He gained a scholarship with Balshaw’s Grammar School and was taken on by the University of Liverpool from 1931 to 1934.Whilst there, he placed in the first division of the final Bachelor of Science Lists and was awarded the Frank Stanton Carey Prize, which enabled him to enter the Honours School of Mathematics. His father told a colleague that his son seldom spoke about his work or about people like Einstein who were at Princeton. Lancashire Daily Post A year later, he got a first class honours in maths and was awarded a prestigious Derby Scholarship for post graduate research.Unfortunately, he was unable to pursue this any further, as he received a letter from Lancashire County Council, informing him he owed £100 which he had… Read full this story
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