G. Evelyn Hutchinson
George Evelyn Hutchinson, was a British ecologist sometimes described as the "father of modern ecology." He contributed for more than sixty years to the fields of limnology, systems ecology, radiation ecology, genetics, biogeochemistry, a mathematical theory of population growth, art history, philosophy and anthropology. He worked on the passage of phosphorus through lakes, the chemistry and biology of lakes, the theory of interspecific competition, on insect taxonomy and genetics, zoo-geography and African water bugs, he is known as one of the first to combine ecology with mathematics. He became an international expert on lakes and wrote the four-volume Treatise on Limnology in 1957. Hutchinson earned his degree in zoology from Cambridge University but chose not to earn a doctorate, of which he came to be proud as he aged. Although born in England, he spent nearly his entire professional life at Yale University in the United States where he was Sterling Professor of Zoology and focused on working with graduate students.
Hutchinson was born in 1903 to Evaline D. Hutchinson, he grew up in England. His father was a mineralogist at the University of Cambridge. Hutchinson grew up surrounded including two of Darwin's sons. By the age of five, Hutchinson was collecting aquatic creatures and studying their preferred living environment in aquariums that he manufactured himself, he had a younger sister. He had his early education at Saint Faith's, he went on in 1917 to study at Gresham's School in Norfolk. Gresham's was unique in not focusing on the classics, but including more intensive studies of mathematics and science, along with modern languages and history, it was here. Hutchinson read zoology at Cambridge University from 1921 until 1925. Hutchinson married three times, his first wife was Grace Pickford. Grace was Cambridge educated, she became a well known scientist as well, they were married from 1931 to 1933. He met Margaret Seal, while on a boat returning to England from India, she was a musician and they shared an appreciation for music and art.
They were married with no children. She died of Alzheimer's in 1983. Hutchinson's third marriage occurred while he was into his eighties to Anne Twitty, a biologist of Haitian descent, he survived all three of his wives and died in London, May 17, 1991. After graduating, he went to Italy to study octopuses. Next he travelled to South Africa where he discovered the field of limnology or the study of freshwater systems, on the shallow lakes near Cape Town, he became an international expert on lakes and wrote a four-volume Treatise on Limnology, with the first volume published in 1957. He took a position teaching zoology at Yale University in 1928, he travelled reaching underexplored parts of the world and writing his first book on the ecology of high-elevation lakes in India. At Yale his graduate students influenced him to research new areas. At the age of twenty-two, on graduating from Cambridge, Hutchinson traveled to Italy on a Rockefeller Higher Education Fellowship to work at the Stazione Zoologica.
He was interested in doing research on the branchial gland of the octopus. He wanted to establish endocrine function in higher invertebrates, he thought that the branchial gland was the endocrine gland in the octopus, but an octopus shortage put an end to his research. He returned to Italy many times for Italian art, to study his Italian ancestry. In 1926 he applied for a lectureship at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, he lectured for two years before he was fired, but he continued to study the South African water bugs. When he began his research there were fourteen known species and when he concluded his research there were nearly forty, it was here that Hutchinson discovered the study of fresh waters. Along with Grace Pickford, he studied the biology of the coastal lakes, he was interested in limnology due to it combining of all his interests such as natural history, aquatic invertebrates, chemistry. He was drawn to the differences in the chemistry and fauna in the different water sources.
In 1932 Hutchinson joined the Yale North India Expedition. He wanted to be the first to make ecological observations of a high-altitude lake, to compare these with lower-altitude lakes; the work yielded insights into new data on high elevation limnology. Most lakes had no fish, crustaceans were the top predators. In letters to his wife, he described the different water chemistry from the Indian lakes to the South African lakes, he collected hundreds of specimens for analysis by specialists. This expedition provided the material for his first book, The Clear Mirror, in which he described the colors, organisms and the people of the Ladakh. Most of Hutchinson's contributions to American limnology came from research at Linsley Pond in Connecticut. Studies were done on small lakes, such as chemical stratification, oxygen deficits and the ecological significance of the oxidation-reduction potential of lake waters, his four volume Treatise on Limnology became a standard for limnology students. Hutchinson expanded the field of limnology in its ecological and biogeochemical aspects.
He advocated the use of mathematical methods in limnology. His student Raymond Lindeman furthered Hutchinson's model of the trophic dynamic concept. Together they looked at energy flows through the lake in the trophic levels of ecosystems, they followed the energy using Hutchinson's notation system in which each organism was given an integer to mark how many organism
University College Hospital
University College Hospital is a teaching hospital located in London, England. It is part of the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is associated with University College London; the hospital is located on Euston Road in the Bloomsbury area of the London Borough of Camden, adjacent to the main campus of UCL. The nearest London Underground stations are Euston Square and Warren Street, with Goodge Street nearby; the hospital was founded as the North London Hospital in 1834, eight years after UCL, in order to provide clinical training for the "medical classes" of the university, after a refusal by the governors of the Middlesex Hospital to allow students access to that hospital's wards. It soon became known as University College Hospital. In 1835, Robert Liston became the first professor of clinical surgery at UCH, the first major operation under ether in Europe was conducted at the hospital by Liston on 21 December 1846. UCH was split from UCL in 1905, a new hospital building designed by Alfred Waterhouse, known as the Cruciform Building, was opened in 1906 on Gower Street.
UCH merged with the National Dental Hospital in 1914, the Royal Ear Hospital in 1920. George Orwell married Sonia Brownell in 1949, died 21 January 1950, in room 65 of the hospital; the hospital was run by the Bloomsbury Area Health Authority from 1974. In 1994 UCH became part of the University College London Hospitals NHS Trust; the hospital site at the Cruciform Building was closed in 1995, despite strikes and an occupation in 1993. The building was purchased by UCL, for use as the home for the Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research and the teaching facility for UCL bioscience and medical students UCL Medical School. A new 75,822 m² hospital, procured under the Private Finance Initiative in 2000, designed by Llewelyn Davies Yeang and built by a joint venture of AMEC and Balfour Beatty at a cost of £422 million, opened in 2005. In October 2006, the hospital was nominated and made the Building Design shortlist for the inaugural Carbuncle Cup, awarded to "the ugliest building in the United Kingdom completed in the last 12 months", awarded to Drake Circus Shopping Centre in Plymouth.
Facilities management services are provided by Interserve. In November 2008, the £70 million Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing was opened, allowing the hospital to offer all women's health services in one place; as of 2015 the following services were provided at the hospital: The hospital has 665 in-patient beds, 12 operating theatres and houses the largest single critical care unit in the NHS. The Accident & Emergency department sees 120,000 patients a year, it is a key location for the UCL Medical School. It is a major centre for medical research and part of both the UCLH/UCL Biomedical Research Centre and the UCL Partners academic health science centre; the urology department moved to University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street the Heart Hospital, in 2015. Marcus Beck Agatha Christie Jean Smellie Elizabeth Joan Stokes Ernst Chain Nobel Prize winner Francis Crick Institute UCL Medical School University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Healthcare in London List of hospitals in England Murder of Alexander Litvinenko Merrington, University College Hospital and its Medical School: a history, Heinemann ISBN 9780434465002 University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust UCL Partners UCL Medical School UCL School of Life & Medical Sciences Cruciform Building - History and Design
UCL Medical School
UCL Medical School is the medical school of University College London and is located in London, United Kingdom. The School provides a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate medical education programmes and has a medical education research unit and an education consultancy unit. UCL has offered education in medicine since 1834; the configured and titled medical school was established in 2008 following mergers between UCLH Medical School and the medical school of the Middlesex Hospital and The Royal Free Hospital Medical School. The School's clinical teaching is conducted at University College Hospital, The Royal Free Hospital and the Whittington Hospital, with other associated teaching hospitals including the Eastman Dental Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Moorfields Eye Hospital, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Royal National Throat and Ear Hospital, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and Luton and Dunstable University Hospital; the School is ranked 4th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2016, 3rd by the Guardian University Guide 2016, 10th in the world by the QS World University Rankings.
UCL Medical School formed over a number of years from the merger of a number of institutions: The Middlesex Hospital opened in Fitzrovia in 1745 and was training doctors from 1746 onwards, when students were'walking the wards'. University College Hospital opened in 1834 as the North London Hospital, with the purpose of providing the newly opened University College London with a hospital to train medical students after refusal by the governors of the Middlesex Hospital to share its facilities with UCL. Middlesex Hospital and University College Hospital merged their medical schools in 1987 to form University College & Middlesex School of Medicine; the London School of Medicine for Women was established in 1874 by Sophia Jex-Blake, as the first medical school in Britain to train women. In 1877 The Royal Free Hospital agreed to allow students from LSMW to complete their clinical studies there and by 1896 was renamed The London Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine for Women and became part of the University of London.
In 1998 The Royal Free & University College Medical School was formed from the merger of the two medical schools. On 1 October 2008, it was renamed UCL Medical School. In appreciation of the historic beginnings of UCL Medical School, its student society has retained the name "RUMS" and runs clubs and societies within University College London Union; the medical school is one of the largest in the country with a yearly intake of 330 students. Undergraduate teaching is spread across three campuses based in Bloomsbury, at Archway and in Hampstead. Teaching takes place in arguably some of the best clinical sites in the country including: Great Ormond Street Hospital, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Moorfields Eye Hospital, The Heart Hospital, The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the Royal National Throat and Ear Hospital; the school is not only regarded as one of the best medical schools in the country, but one of the best in the world. The course in medicine at UCL leads to the award of the MB BS and BSc degrees and is a six-year integrated programme: Years 1 and 2 Fundamentals of Clinical Science.
UCL offers a wide variety of integrated BSc degrees ranging from the traditional subjects like anatomy and biochemistry, to more clinical courses such as Primary Health. Since 1994 there is the opportunity to intercalate a PhD, as part of the integrated MB PhD programme. UCL operates a MBBS Oxford Transfer programme where each year a small number of students from Oxford Medical School can transfer to complete their clinical training at UCL. Admission to the medical school, in common with all 32 medical schools in the UK, is competitive; the medical school receives 2,500 applications yearly of which up to 700 applicants are selected for interview. 450 offers are given for 322 places. Prospective students must apply through Colleges Admissions Service; as of 2015 entry, conditional offers for entry include grades A*AA at A-level, to include at least Chemistry and Biology, an additional pass at AS-level, this has been a significant change as the university was willing to accept A-Level grades of AAA.
The International Baccalaureate, although less common, is an acceptable entry qualification. The course is open to graduates with a minimum of a 2:1 required. Additionally, applicants must sit an entrance exam, the BioMedical Admissions Test, used alongside the rest of the UCAS application to determine selection for interview. UCL Medical School is associated with the following hospitals: University College Hospital Royal Free Hospital Whittington Hospital Eastman Dental Hospital Great Ormond Street Hospital The Heart Hospital Moorfields Eye Hospital National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery Royal National Throat and Ear Hospital Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital UCL Medical School is associated with the following research institutes: UCL Cancer Institute UCL Ear Institute UCL Eastman Dental Instit
Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
Sidney Sussex College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge in England. The college was founded in 1596 under the terms of the will of Frances Sidney, Countess of Sussex and named after its foundress, it was from its inception an avowedly Protestant foundation. In her will, Lady Sussex left the sum of £5,000 together with some plate to found a new college at Cambridge University "to be called the Lady Frances Sidney Sussex College", her executors Sir John Harington and Henry Grey, 6th Earl of Kent, supervised by Archbishop John Whitgift, founded the college seven years after her death. While the college's geographic size has changed little since 1596, an additional range was added to the original E-shaped buildings in the early 17th century and the appearance of the whole college was changed in the 1820s and 1830s, under the leadership of the Master at the time, William Chafy. By the early 19th century, the buildings' original red brick was unfashionable and the hall range was suffering serious structural problems.
The opening up of coal mines on estates left to the College in the 18th century provided extra funds which were to be devoted to providing a new mathematical library and accommodation for Mathematical Exhibitioners. As a result, the exterior brick was covered with a layer of cement, the existing buildings were heightened and the architectural effect was heightened, under the supervision of Sir Jeffry Wyatville. In the late nineteenth century, the college's finances received a further boost from the development of the resort of Cleethorpes on College land on the Lincolnshire coast, purchased in 1616, following a bequest for the benefit of scholars and fellows by Peter Blundell, a merchant from Tiverton, Devon. A new wing added in 1891, to the designs of John Loughborough Pearson, is stylistically richer than the original buildings and has stone staircases whereas the stairs in the older buildings are made of timber. In the early twentieth century, a High Church group among the Fellows were instrumental in the rebuilding and enlargement of the chapel, provided with a richly carved interior in late seventeenth-century style, designed by T. H. Lyon, somewhat at odds with the college's original Puritan ethos.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, E. H. Griffiths wrote a ten verse song dedicated to Sidney Sussex; each verse systematically identifies dismisses other Cambridge colleges for their faults, before settling on Sidney as the best college of all. The chorus exhorts the audience:'Go travel round the town, my friend, whichever way you please, From Downing up to Trinity, from Peterhouse to Caius: Then seek a little College just beside a busy street, Its name is Sidney Sussex, you'll find it Bad to Beat.' Sidney Sussex is recognised as one of the more classical Cambridge colleges. Its current student body consists of 350 undergraduate students and 190 graduates. Academically, Sidney Sussex has tended towards a mid-table position in the unofficial Tompkins Table. However, the college has traditionally excelled in certain subjects, notably Mathematics, History and Law, it is known for the high standard of pastoral support from the Tutorial team, a sense of mutual support from students doing the same subject.
The college ranks fourth highest amongst Cambridge colleges in Nobel Prizes won by alumni. The Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge was nominated for a 2013 Gramophone Award in recognition of their disc of the music of Thomas Weelkes; the choir tours most to the United States, in July 2018. In the television show University Challenge, Sidney Sussex had a winning team in both 1971 and 1978–79; the 1978 team, comprising John Gilmore, John Adams, David Lidington, Nick Graham, went on to win the "Champion of Champions" University Challenge reunion competition in 2002. The college last appeared on the television show in 2018, it is known for producing a well-regarded May Ball for a smaller college. Notably, students created an artificial lake and canal in 2010, when the ball had a Venetian theme, to enable punting at the landlocked college. Recent themes have included'Light' and'Beyond'; as with many of the smaller colleges, Sidney Sussex does not run a May Ball every year, instead running a biennial May Ball, on numbered years.
On odd numbered years, the college hosted an Arts Festival, which welcomed anyone in Cambridge, town or gown, to attend. Notable guest speakers at the Sidney Arts Festival include Stephen Fry, in 2015. However, for 2017 it was decided instead to hold a June Event. June Events are similar to a May Ball, but are smaller with a lower ticket price, shorter running time; the Confraternitas Historica, or Confraternitas Historica Dominae Franciscae Comitis Sussexiae, is the history society of Sidney Sussex College and is reputed to be the longest-running student history society in Europe, having existed since 1910. In fact, no meetings were held from 1914 to 1919 but since, during the First World War, "the University itself ceased to function... the hiatus of 1914-19 is not counted as a break in the continuity of the society". The Latin name of the society reflects the tastes of Jack Reynolds, the High Church Fellow who presided over its creation, who "endowed the Society with an elaborate Latin initiation ceremony".
Rather than being led by a President, the student in charge of the society is instead'Princeps'. Other society roles include the'Magister,"Tribune,"Pontifex Maximus,' and'Comes'. Furthermore, during society meetings all attendees are referred to in an ega
The President and Fellows of the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge known as the Royal Society, is a learned society. Founded on 28 November 1660, it was granted a royal charter by King Charles II as "The Royal Society", it is the oldest national scientific institution in the world. The society is the United Kingdom's and Commonwealth of Nations' Academy of Sciences and fulfils a number of roles: promoting science and its benefits, recognising excellence in science, supporting outstanding science, providing scientific advice for policy, fostering international and global co-operation and public engagement; the society is governed by its Council, chaired by the Society's President, according to a set of statutes and standing orders. The members of Council and the President are elected from and by its Fellows, the basic members of the society, who are themselves elected by existing Fellows; as of 2016, there are about 1,600 fellows, allowed to use the postnominal title FRS, with up to 52 new fellows appointed each year.
There are royal fellows, honorary fellows and foreign members, the last of which are allowed to use the postnominal title ForMemRS. The Royal Society President is Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, who took up the post on 30 November 2015. Since 1967, the society has been based at 6–9 Carlton House Terrace, a Grade I listed building in central London, used by the Embassy of Germany, London; the Invisible College has been described as a precursor group to the Royal Society of London, consisting of a number of natural philosophers around Robert Boyle. The concept of "invisible college" is mentioned in German Rosicrucian pamphlets in the early 17th century. Ben Jonson in England referenced the idea, related in meaning to Francis Bacon's House of Solomon, in a masque The Fortunate Isles and Their Union from 1624/5; the term accrued currency for the exchanges of correspondence within the Republic of Letters. In letters in 1646 and 1647, Boyle refers to "our invisible college" or "our philosophical college".
The society's common theme was to acquire knowledge through experimental investigation. Three dated letters are the basic documentary evidence: Boyle sent them to Isaac Marcombes, Francis Tallents who at that point was a fellow of Magdalene College and London-based Samuel Hartlib; the Royal Society started from groups of physicians and natural philosophers, meeting at a variety of locations, including Gresham College in London. They were influenced by the "new science", as promoted by Francis Bacon in his New Atlantis, from 1645 onwards. A group known as "The Philosophical Society of Oxford" was run under a set of rules still retained by the Bodleian Library. After the English Restoration, there were regular meetings at Gresham College, it is held that these groups were the inspiration for the foundation of the Royal Society. Another view of the founding, held at the time, was that it was due to the influence of French scientists and the Montmor Academy in 1657, reports of which were sent back to England by English scientists attending.
This view was held by Jean-Baptiste du Hamel, Giovanni Domenico Cassini, Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle and Melchisédech Thévenot at the time and has some grounding in that Henry Oldenburg, the society's first secretary, had attended the Montmor Academy meeting. Robert Hooke, disputed this, writing that: makes Mr Oldenburg to have been the instrument, who inspired the English with a desire to imitate the French, in having Philosophical Clubs, or Meetings. I will not say, that Mr Oldenburg did rather inspire the French to follow the English, or, at least, did help them, hinder us. But'tis well known who were the principal men that began and promoted that design, both in this city and in Oxford, and not only these Philosophic Meetings were. On 28 November 1660, the 1660 committee of 12 announced the formation of a "College for the Promoting of Physico-Mathematical Experimental Learning", which would meet weekly to discuss science and run experiments. At the second meeting, Sir Robert Moray announced that the King approved of the gatherings, a royal charter was signed on 15 July 1662 which created the "Royal Society of London", with Lord Brouncker serving as the first president.
A second royal charter was signed on 23 April 1663, with the king noted as the founder and with the name of "the Royal Society of London for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge". This initial royal favour has continued and, since every monarch has been the patron of the society; the society's early meetings included experiments performed first by Hooke and by Denis Papin, appointed in 1684. These experiments varied in their subject area, were both important in some cases and trivial in others; the society published an English translation of Essays of Natural Experiments Made in the Accademia del Cimento, under the Protection of the Most Serene Prince Leopold of Tuscany in 1684, an Italian book documenting experiments at the Accademia del Cimento. Although meeting at Gresham College, the Society temporarily moved to Arundel House in 1666 after the Great Fire of London, which did not harm Gresham but did lead to its appropriation by the Lord Mayor; the Society r
Virtual International Authority File
The Virtual International Authority File is an international authority file. It is a joint project of several national libraries and operated by the Online Computer Library Center. Discussion about having a common international authority started in the late 1990s. After a series of failed attempts to come up with a unique common authority file, the new idea was to link existing national authorities; this would present all the benefits of a common file without requiring a large investment of time and expense in the process. The project was initiated by the US Library of Congress, the German National Library and the OCLC on August 6, 2003; the Bibliothèque nationale de France joined the project on October 5, 2007. The project transitioned to being a service of the OCLC on April 4, 2012; the aim is to link the national authority files to a single virtual authority file. In this file, identical records from the different data sets are linked together. A VIAF record receives a standard data number, contains the primary "see" and "see also" records from the original records, refers to the original authority records.
The data are available for research and data exchange and sharing. Reciprocal updating uses the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting protocol; the file numbers are being added to Wikipedia biographical articles and are incorporated into Wikidata. VIAF's clustering algorithm is run every month; as more data are added from participating libraries, clusters of authority records may coalesce or split, leading to some fluctuation in the VIAF identifier of certain authority records. Authority control Faceted Application of Subject Terminology Integrated Authority File International Standard Authority Data Number International Standard Name Identifier Wikipedia's authority control template for articles Official website VIAF at OCLC
Dennis W. Sciama
Dennis William Siahou Sciama, was a British physicist who, through his own work and that of his students, played a major role in developing British physics after the Second World War. He was the Ph. D supervisor including Stephen Hawking and Martin Rees. Sciama was born in Manchester, the son of Nelly Ades and Abraham Sciama, he was of Syrian-Jewish ancestry—his father born in Manchester and his mother born in Egypt both traced their roots back to Aleppo, Syria. Sciama earned his PhD in 1953 at the University of Cambridge supervised by Paul Dirac, with a dissertation on Mach's principle and inertia, his work influenced the formulation of scalar-tensor theories of gravity. Sciama taught at Cornell University, King's College London, Harvard University and the University of Texas at Austin, but spent most of his career at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford as a Senior Research Fellow in All Souls College, Oxford. In 1983, he moved from Oxford to Trieste, becoming Professor of Astrophysics at the International School of Advanced Studies, a consultant with the International Centre for Theoretical Physics.
He taught at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. During the 1990s, he divided his time between Trieste and his main residence at Oxford, where he was a visiting professor until the end of his life. Sciama made connections among some topics in astronomy and astrophysics, he wrote on radio astronomy, X-ray astronomy, the anisotropies of the cosmic microwave radiation, the interstellar and intergalactic medium, astroparticle physics and the nature of dark matter. Most significant was his work in general relativity and without quantum theory, black holes, he helped revitalize the classical relativistic alternative to general relativity known as Einstein-Cartan gravity. Early in his career, he supported Fred Hoyle's steady state cosmology, interacted with Hoyle, Hermann Bondi, Thomas Gold; when evidence against the steady state theory, e.g. the cosmic microwave radiation, mounted in the 1960s, Sciama abandoned it and worked on the Big Bang cosmology. During his last years, Sciama became interested in the issue of dark matter in galaxies.
Among other aspects he pursued a theory of dark matter that consists of a heavy neutrino disfavored in his realization, but still possible in a more complicated scenario. Several leading astrophysicists and cosmologists of the modern era completed their doctorates under Sciama's supervision, notably: Sciama strongly influenced Roger Penrose, who dedicated his The Road to Reality to Sciama's memory; the 1960s group he led in Cambridge, has proved of lasting influence. Sciama, Dennis; the Unity of the Universe. London: Faber & Faber. Sciama, Dennis. "The Physical Foundations of General Relativity". Science Study Series. New York: Doubleday. 58. Short and written non-mathematical book on the physical and conceptual foundations of General Relativity. Could be read with profit by physics students before immersing themselves in more technical studies of General Relativity. Sciama, Dennis. Modern Cosmology. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521080699. Sciama, Dennis. Modern Cosmology and the Dark Matter Problem.
Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521438483. Sciama was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1983, he was an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the Academia Lincei of Rome. He served as president of the International Society of General Relativity and Gravitation, 1980–84, his work at SISSA and the University of Oxford led to the creation of a lecture series in his honour, the Dennis Sciama Memorial Lectures. In 2009, the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth elected to name their new building, their supercomputer in 2011, in his honour. Sciama has been portrayed in a number of biographical projects about his most famous student, Stephen Hawking. In the 2004 BBC TV movie Hawking, Sciama was played by John Sessions. In the 2014 film The Theory of Everything, Sciama was played by David Thewlis. Physicist Adrian Melott criticized the portrayal of Sciama in the film. Sciama was of an avowed atheist.
In 1959, Sciama married Lidia Dina, a social anthropologist, who survived him, along with their two daughters