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Stoneley, Robert (14 May 1894–2 February 1976; elected F.R.S. 1935), was born at 102 Mayola Road, Clapton, London E.5, on 14 May 1894. His father, also Robert, was a builder, and his mother was Fanny, née Bradley. He had one younger brother, Maurice. The house was close to where the railway crosses the River Lea. He married (28 March 1927) Dorothy Minn, whom he had known since childhood; her parents were Gayford Duge Minn and Annie, née Okey, sister of Thomas Okey, sometime Professor of Italian at Cambridge. There are two sons, Robert and Anthony John Martin, born 1929 and 1944; a daughter, Ruth Margaret, who was born in 1931 died in 1940. Both sons are members of Pembroke College and Ph.D.’s of the University of Cambridge. Robert is a geologist with the British Petroleum Company, and Anthony a computer officer at the Cambridge University Computer Laboratory.

Stoneley was at Parmiter’s School 1904–10, then at the City of London School, 1910–12, where he got the Mortimer Exhibition for Science and medals for arithmetic and chemistry and also a Leaving Exhibition awarded by the Worshipful Company of Broderers in 1912.

He entered St John’s College, Cambridge, in 1912 with a £40 Foundation Scholarship in Natural Sciences. He obtained first classes in Part I of the Mathematical Tripos in 1913, Natural Sciences Part I in 1914 and Mathematics Part II with distinction in Schedule B in 1916. He took his B.A. in 1915 and M.A. in 1920, and was awarded the

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