John Desmond Bernal
2 of 6 portraits of John Desmond Bernal
John Desmond Bernal
by Ramsey & Muspratt
bromide print, 1932
11 7/8 in. x 10 in. (301 mm x 253 mm) uneven
Given by Jane Burch, 1988
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Although no longer at Cambridge and mostly living in London, Bell was increasingly involved with Lettice Ramsey's friends and the Marxist scientific circle that centred around Bernal.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 53
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- The Bloomsbury Poet & The Cambridge Photographer: Julian Bell & Lettice Ramsey (17 September 2012 - 21 April 2013)
Events of 1932back to top
Current affairsSir Oswald Mosley forms the British Union of Fascists. Mosley's party - nicknamed the Black Shirts after their uniform - was founded along the lines of Mussolini's Fascist Party in Italy and called for the replacement of parliamentary democracy with a system of elected executives. During the war Mosley was interned and the BUF was proscribed.
Art and scienceJohn Cockcroft and Ernest Walton 'split the atom'. In fact, Cockcroft and Walton's achievement was to change the nucleus of one element into another by bombarding it with protons, rather than to literally spit an atom apart. Nevertheless 'splitting the atom' has become the popular way of describing this important stage in the development of nuclear technology.
InternationalSaudi Arabia is formed by the unification of the Kingdoms of Hijaz and Nejd under King Abdul Aziz.
Iraq is granted independence from the British mandate established by the League of Nations in 1919-20.
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