Talk:John Desmond Bernal

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Has anyone read it? What do you think of it? I was not impressed; I found it rather boring in parts, but good on Rosalind Franklin who worked for him at Birbeck College, London! Over to you, Alun? MP

Dorothy Hodgkins research career didn't start with Bernal, rather she worked with "Tiny" Powell for a year in her undergraduate degree (In Oxford chemistry the 4th year of your undergraduate course is full-time research) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:33, 19 January 2013 (UTC)

Mulberry Harbour[edit]

He was not a joint inventor of the Mulberry Harbour, that claim which appears on [1] is wrong. According to the book mentioned in the section above, he was consulted by Major Steer-Webster about the effects of waves on the artificial harbor. (Andrew Brown, "J. D. Bernal, The Sage of Science", page 229. look also at Solly Zuckerman speech at Bernal memorial service on page 477) Avihu (talk) 18:05, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

Master of Birkbeck College?[edit]

The article states that "In 1937 he became Professor of Physics at Birkbeck College, University of London, and later Master". According to Andrew Brown, "J. D. Bernal, The Sage of Science" John Lockwood was the Master during all the period of Bernal in Birkbeck, and if anything, after his stroke in 1963 Bernal was given the newly created crystallography department, which was smaller then his previous physics department. Avihu (talk) 20:05, 5 December 2008 (UTC)


In the article on the Alumni of Stonyhurst, Bernal is given as one. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:41, 31 July 2009 (UTC) Only believed by the credulous. Xxanthippe (talk) 11:36, 31 July 2009 (UTC). It will be interesting to see Xxanthippe's proof of anything said about Bernal's education. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:56, 31 July 2009 (UTC) Many web-sites say he was at Stonyhurst. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:18, 31 July 2009 (UTC)

Flat Earth[edit]

I'd like to add Bernal to a list of historians and other writers who created or promoted the flat-earth myth, i.e., the now-discredited idea that Medieval Christians believed in a Flat Earth. --Uncle Ed (talk) 12:45, 19 April 2010 (UTC)

Martin Bernal, when was he born[edit]

In this article Bernals son Martin is born in 1936, but in the article Martin Bernal he is born in 1937. What is right, what is wrong? --13Peewit (talk) 23:25, 29 August 2010 (UTC) 1937 is the correct data according to Margaret Bernal's biog in Oxford Dictionary of Nation Biog Will amendCj1340 (talk) 13:32, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

Davy Faraday Laboratory[edit]

Are we looking at Humphrey Davy and Michael Faraday here? Varlaam (talk) 23:21, 4 November 2011 (UTC)


Is it not more correct to say that Bernal was "one of Ireland and the United Kingdom's most well-known..." rather than "one of the United Kingdom's most well-known..." I know he studied and worked almost exclusively in England but he was native Irish by birth which this overview doesn't acknowledge. (talk) 23:41, 3 October 2012 (UTC)

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List as an atheist[edit]

His inclusion as an atheist was removed as supposed Overcategorization.

Atheism is not a trivial matter.

It does not follow from being a Former Christian, or a supporter of the Communist Party. Some of these were Theists or Deists.

--GwydionM (talk) 12:39, 24 March 2017 (UTC)