Jacob Bronowski

Born: 18 Jan 1908 in Poland
Died: 22 Aug 1974 in East Hampton, New York, USA

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Bronowski's family emigrated first to Germany, then to England. He studied at Cambridge receiving his doctorate in mathematics in 1933. He taught mathematics at Hull from 1934 to 1942. During World War II he was a pioneer in operational research, using the mathematical theory he developed to increase the effectiveness of bombing raids.

Bronowski went to Japan in 1945 to study the effects of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. This was to change his life and he gave up military research to concentrate on the ethics of science and life sciences.

Among his books are The Common Sense of Science (1951), Science and Human Values (1956, revised edition 1965) and The Identity of Man (1965). His last major project was to write and narrate the BBC television series The Ascent of Man (1973).

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