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Sir Edward Bullard "Teddy" and Molly Wisdom



Sir Edward Bulard FRS, Head of the Department of Geodesy and Geophysics, University of Cambridge and his secretary Molly Wisdom at a cocktail party offered by one of his students at the Blue Boar Hotel, Trinity Street, Cambridge.


Teddy was Rutherford's student at the Cavendish Laboratory. During the WWII Teddy was busy devising gigantic electromagnetic coils in British Estuaries, capable of detecting enemy submarines. He also invented a devise at demagnetising British war ships in order to protect them being detected by German sea mines. Teddy's inventiveness brought an incalculable advantage to the British war effort.

After his retirement from Cambridge, Teddy was made an Emeritus Professor at La Jolla.


Molly Wisdom was for years Teddy's secretary. She was also the spouse of Professor Wisdom a Philosopher and Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge. She stood in the local elections as a Liberal.


Extract from chapter "The Rat Race ("Continental drift" - a Cambridge Memoir):


"On the whole my main sounding board and my guardian angel was Molly Wisdom, the wife of a professor of Philosophy at Trinity and secretary to Sir Edward Bullard. Molly knew all the ins and outs, Molly knew everybody, heard everything, judged (usually quickly and very correctly) everybody and she was fierce if anybody crossed her path. BUT, she had a golden heart and she took me under her wing.

I often went to see Molly in her little house by Parker's Piece. Once a year Molly used to give champagne breakfasts for the whole department at her house, which turned out more like brunches, lasting from 11 AM well into the afternoon."


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Uploaded on July 21, 2007