Jim Long was born in Winchester in 1926. After attending Peter Symonds’ Grammar School he went up to Cambridge University (Christ’s College) to read Natural Sciences, with physics as his main subject, and was awarded the BA degree in 1945. After working at RAE Farnborough for a year, he moved to the National Chemical Laboratory, Teddington, where he worked on radioactive isotopes. In 1954 he joined the Electron Microscope Section in the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, under Dr V.E. Cosslett. The work which led to the award of the PhD degree in 1958 included the construction of an electron microprobe. Compared...

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