Edward Thomas Hall
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|Edward Thomas Hall|
In a balloon
10 May 1924|
|Died||11 August 2001
|Alma mater||New College, Oxford (Chemistry)|
|Notable awards||Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Fellow of the British Academy
|Spouse||Jennifer De La Harpe|
Edward Thomas Hall was born in London, the son of Walter D'Arcy Hall and Anne Madeleine Hall, he was educated at Eton College and New College, Oxford, where he received his DPhil in 1953. In 1943, he joined the RNVR as an ordinary seaman, serving in landing craft transporting commandos to France.
He married South African model Jennifer De La Harpe and had two sons Bill and Martin.
In 1962, Hall co-developed, with his friend Robin Cavendish, a wheelchair with a built-in respirator that allowed Cavendish, who was paralyzes from the neck down from polio and required a medical respirator to breathe, to leave the confinement to his bed. This chair became the model for future devices of its type, with Cavendish eventually using a total of 10 different chairs.
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- Exposed the Piltdown Man fraud.
- Founder of Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, Oxford University.
- Founder of Littlemore Scientific Engineering Company (ELSEC), Oxford.
- Helped to date the Turin Shroud as a medieval fake.
- Built the Littlemore Clock in the 1990s.
- Wright, Pearce (20 August 2001). "Professor ET 'Teddy' Hall:Scientist who exposed the Piltdown Man fraud and dated the Turin Shroud as a medieval fake". The Guardian.
- "Professor E T 'Teddy' Hall". The Daily Telegraph. 17 August 2001.
- Saxon, Wolfgang (21 August 2001). "E. T. Hall, 77, Archaeologist Who Debunked Piltdown Man". The New York Times.