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Sage? Or confusion with J.D. Bernal?
I deleted the sentence:
- A man of immense general knowledge, he was known to friends and colleagues as Sage.
which I'm pretty sure is a confusion with the crystallographer John Desmond Bernal. That is, J.D. Bernal was definitely known as Sage (it's in the title of a recent biography; J.D. Bernal, Sage of Science). I suppose it possible that Blackett could also have been nicknamed Sage but I haven't heard this before so I'd want a definite reference before I believe it along the lines of "like J.D. Bernal, Blackett was also nicknamed Sage" showing that the source wasn't confusing him with J.D. Bernal. Regards, 188.8.131.52 (talk) 19:23, 28 December 2007 (UTC)
Family details and quote
- Unless the members of Blackett's family are themselves notable or the family are relevant to his notability, we do not generally mention them. (There is a presumption of privacy as well.)
- The quote I removed was clearly inappropriate as a rather fulsome statement of opinion in an editorial voice. If you wish to include assessments of his life, please locate a statement from, perhaps, a colleague, and quote it directly. Relata refero (talk) 18:06, 26 January 2008 (UTC)
- It is normal include marital details, though as you say not necessarily the names of the children (one of them is still alive, as we spoke today). Someone added to my original line from the Times Obituary
- The quote is from an authoritative source, which I believe from recollection to be Who's Who. I will check it out again, but it must be important to give a measure of the personality of the man even if fulsomely expressed. Perhaps in quote marks with any others I find
- I question the value of some of the section on Influence in fiction as it says nothing of the man Motmit (talk) 18:45, 26 January 2008 (UTC)
- Marital details are not necessarily the rule here on WP, but I would not have removed them, and the current line is fine. As you say, the names of the children are unnecessary.
- I have the greatest personal admiration for the man, but I believe that an authoritative named source would be best. Or an obit. Relata refero (talk) 19:03, 26 January 2008 (UTC)
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Since Blackett was President of the Royal Society, I believe the article should start off with: Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett, Baron Blackett OM CH PRS, not FRS. Presidents of the Royal Society are entitled PRS, I believe.