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“We reverse this; the current in the wire is set up by the energy transmitted through the medium around it.” --Oliver Heaviside, 1850-1925
Oliver Heaviside the Man
“The late G.F.C.
Searle, F.R.S., who was the friend of Oliver Heaviside for 33 years, wrote
this, the only lengthy Heaviside biography, in 1950.” Discovered and Edited by Ivor
Catt. First published in January, 1987. Uploaded by Forrest Bishop on
Wyncote, 170 Hills
Dear Mr. Holding,
I have accumulated a lot of material, say 50,000 words on “
O.H. the man”. Anyone who writes about him as he was will
have no material but what is queer. “Impish” is the term to
describe him. He was much amused at himself and I believe
wanted others to share the amusement.
…There seems to be some
sort of aversion to having O.H. described as he actually was.
It seems to be thought that al that is wanted is for people
to be told what is in his books. Actually the can get his
books and can read them and understand them, if they can. I
feel sure that many would be glad to know something of the
man himself. If they don’t understand the Operational
Calculus they might find some entertainment in learning why
O.H. went around for a month in the head dress of the Tuarego
…I have spent practically all my time since August on this
work and naturally should be sorry if nothing came of it. Some
quite erroneous things were said about O.H. and these I have
tried to correct. One American writer in an obituary of O.H.
said “The English people hung him on the highest gibbet of
….. Yours sincerely, G.F.C. Searle
Editor’s Preface (excerpted)
This volume is worth reading for three reasons. Firstly, it is about
one of the great eccentrics, and secondly it is about one of our greatest
scientists. It is the only published biography of Oliver Heaviside.
The third reason for reading it is limited to students of science and
the sociology of science. The behaviour of the Scientific Establishment
when faced by the brilliance of Heaviside was intensely political and
destructive. It is important for scientists to be made aware of the
irresponsible behaviour of leaders of learned establishments when faced
by a threat to their position in the form of scientific breakthroughs.
…Searle, Heaviside’s friend, was worried about the lack of recognition
meted out to Heaviside. Around 1950 he wrote a biography to help to right
the wrong being done to him by history. This remained unpublished until
the manuscript was recently discovered by me in romantic circumstances. –Ivor Catt, January, 1987
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