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Harold Hopkins
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Born in Leicester, Leicestershire
Born on 6th of December 1918
Died on 22nd of October 1994

Harold Hopkins is one of those British scientists whose name is unfamiliar to most of us, but whose discoveries and their uses have made a major difference to our everyday lives. He studied at University College Leicester, than (after a brief period of army service) worked on optics and optical designs for the wartime government, simultaneously studying for his PhD. A mathematical genius who translated that ability into practical advances, his work at ICL and Reading University led to advances like the zoom lens, endoscopy and thus key-hole surgery, and fibre optics.

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