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Sykes, J. B. (John Bradbury)


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    • John Bradbury
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    • Sykes, John Bradbury
    • Sykes, John Bradbury, 1929-1993
    • Sykes, J. B. (John Bradbury), 1929-1993
    • Sykes, John B. (John Bradbury), 1929-1993
    • Sykes, John (John Bradbury), 1929-1993
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    • WikidataJohn Sykes Offsite linkLabel from public data source Wikidata
  • Earlier Established Forms

    • Sykes, John Bradbury
  • Sources

    • found: The Concise Oxford dictionary of current English, 1982:t.p. (J.B. Sykes)
    • found: LC data base, 10-12-83(hdg.: Sykes, John Bradbury; usage: J.B. Sykes)
    • found: Oxford dictionary of national biography : in association with the British Academy : from the earliest times to the year 2000, viewed May 10, 2022:Sykes, John Bradbury (1929-1993) (Sykes, John Bradbury (1929-1993), physicist, lexicographer, and crossword solver, was born in Folkestone, Kent, on 26 January 1929, the only child of Stanley William Sykes, a borough treasurer, and his wife, Eleanor Sykes Sykes (née Bradbury). He was educated at Wallasey grammar school, Rochdale high school, and St Lawrence College, Ramsgate. He went up to Wadham College, Oxford, in 1947 as an open entrance scholar to read mathematics, graduated with first-class honours in 1950, and went on, first as a Henry Skynner senior student at Balliol College (1950-52), and then as a Harmsworth senior scholar at Merton College (1952-3), to write a DPhil thesis entitled 'Some problems in radiative transfer'. After starting out as a theoretical physicist, he became a gifted translator and went on to become an expert lexicographer-all this while achieving national fame as consistently the most successful competitor in the Times national crossword championship. After leaving Oxford in 1953 Sykes joined the theoretical physics division of the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell, as a senior scientific officer. In 1956-7 he gained further experience in astrophysics when he was seconded for nine months to the Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. After his return he was appointed head of the translations office in the Harwell Library. His remarkable facility for languages combined with his knowledge of astrophysics and mathematics made him an indispensable part of a unit that was being deluged with books and journals, especially in Russian and German, on matters to do with atomic physics. Among the numerous works that he translated, some of them in collaboration with other translators, was the massive ten-volume Course of Theoretical Physics (1958-81) by the Russian authors L. Landau and E. Lifshitz. In 1971 he left Harwell to become editor of the Concise Oxford Dictionary. He was at work on a new dictionary of word origins the day before he died.) - https://www.oxforddnb.com/view/10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-53364?rskey=CUgJvh&result=2
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    • 1983-11-15: new
    • 2022-05-11: revised
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