George Boole was born in 1815; he is
famous for his works an the field of mathematical analysis. His wife Mary
Everest was a niece of George Everest. He is known as a man who performed
topographic survey in India on a large scale in 1841. It is after him that
highest peak in the world is named. Mary Everest was very much interested in
her husband's work and after his death she published several books which
contributed greatly to the development of his theory. The Booles had five
daughters, the eldest daughter Mary married C.Hinton who was a well-known
mathematician, inventor and author of science-fiction books.
Their three grandchildren became
scientists. Howard was a talented entomologist, William and Joan were both
physicists. The latter was almost the only woman-physicist who took part in the
work at the atomic project of the USA. Their second daughter Margaret is known
as the mother of the outstanding English mathematician Jeffrey Tailor who is a
foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Their third daughter Alicia
was a specialist in the field of multidimensional space. The fourth daughter
Lucy was the first woman-professor who was the head of a chemistry department.
But the youngest daughter Ethel Lilian is the most famous. She married the
Polish scientist and revolutionist Voynich. Her wonderful book 'The
Gadfly" is translated into many languages and is popular in many countries
of the world.
1. Whom do we call interesting
2. What facts of their life and
activities impress us most of all?
3. Are they hardworking and creative
4. What outstanding scientists do
you know? What makes you respect them?
5. Who is your favourite writer?
What do you know about him?
6. Are political figures interesting
7. Do interesting people inspire us?
8. Could you recall any episode (any
period) in your life when the influence of some interesting personality upon
you was especially strong?
9. Would you like to be an
10. Do you hope to be an interesting
11. Do we need such people?
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