Education in Oxford
From 1962-65 I studied at Oxford University as an Open Scholar
Brasenose College (BNC).
BNC was founded in 1509.
The college magazine is
The Brazen Nose
In the first and second years, I lived in Brasenose College in
the 12th and 17th staircases respectively, both in the New Quad,
so called although it is centuries old. In the third year, when I
would sit for the Final Honors Schools, I lived in
an annex of BNC and one time home 1869-70 for the
Prince of Wales who became King Edward VII, 1901-10.
Before Final Honors Schools in 1965, I studied sedulously in the
room with a large window left of the entrance
in this picture.
From 1965-68, I lived out of college in North Oxford, now
appointed a Senior Hulme Scholar of Brasenose College with
limited dining rights on high table.
In 2006, I attended a gaudy (Oxonian for reunion) at BNC;
three pictures taken at this gaudy are
Examinations while in Oxford
The two most important written exams were in 1963 and in 1965.
In 1963 I sat for the Honour Moderations exam and received
In 1965, I sat for the Final Honours Schools exam and received
B.A, with First-Class Honours, thus completing with 1963 a
"double first". The final exam included six 3-hour written papers,
each graded α, β, γ. First-class honours required at least
I received six α's, including one rare α+ grade, given for a long
hundred-page essay on "X-ray diffraction" written in three hours.
These 1963 and 1965 exams were held in the
In 1968, for a thesis entitled Regge Poles and Sum Rules
I received a D.Phil. (Oxonian for Ph.D.) and simultaneously my
1965 B.A. changed, without further examination, into a 1968 M.A.
My doctoral thesis adviser was John Clayton Taylor FRS.
In 1984, on the basis
of five chosen physics research articles, I
was awarded an Oxford D.Sc. advanced degree, conferred by
Latin ceremony in the
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