Saturday, March 28, 2009


Time is running out to enter the draw to win a signed copy of A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell. You can read all about the book, the excellent reviews it has received and my interview with the author here
and here.

I have had one correct answer so far  but I will clarify the question:

Four men held a job in succession A, B, C, D

A. Went on to be a Professor at Harvard and died at Norwich, Vermont.
B. Served prison time for alleged war crimes
C. Was murdered along with his wife.
D. Committed suicide.

Who was A? 

Send your answers to by the end of the month please. 


Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

We now have three correct answers to go into the draw. :o)

3:42 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Four correct answers now, well done!

3:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I am stumped on all four!

8:18 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Easier than most of your quizzes, thankfully. Have sent off my answers just now.

There's actually another person of the same background who fits description A, but those following his career footsteps led more conventional lives than B-D. I found out some interesting info pursuing Not-A, though. The history of the University of Breslau is fascinating!

6:14 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Thanks Lauren five correct answers now and a lot of people identifying that other person. Google has a lot to answer for and can complicate things.

6:31 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

I'm not entirely sure why Not-A has a greater internet presence than A. I'd actually heard Not-A's name in passing, but his historical significance is surely less than that of A.

The random information Google throws up can be fascinating if you already know what you're looking for, but it's easy to get sidetracked if you're not sure.

I guessed the context and started from B, so finding Not-A and friends was merely a pleasant diversion. There were some fascinating people at his final European university, including Robert Bunsen of Bunsen burner fame, and a fellow named Emil Krebs who apparently learnt 68 languages!

10:27 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

I was confused for a moment thinking of Hans Krebs the biochemist.
There was an apocryphal story that he had been interviewed at my old university at Bristol for the position of Professor of Physiology but rejected because of his foreign accent and had gone on to Cambridge and the Nobel Prize.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

A great story if it's true! I heard something similar recently -apparently James Galway failed an audition for second flute in the BBC Wales orchestra, only to then be chosen for first flute in the Berlin Philharmonic. Hmmm...

3:55 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

I can't vouch for the veracity of the story because the second half of the story is they took on a Professor Brocklehurst, who did not win a Nobel prize but did write an O level Biology book. It might have been the students struggles with the Physiology course that gave that story life.

8:56 AM  

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