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Ray Milland

Ray Milland was a Welsh actor and film director who held both British and American citizenship. His screen career ran from 1929 to 1985, he is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning portrayal of an alcoholic writer in The Lost Weekend, a sophisticated leading man opposite John Wayne's corrupt character in Reap the Wild Wind, the murder-plotting husband in Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder, Oliver Barrett III in Love Story. Before becoming an actor, Milland served in the Household Cavalry of the British Army, becoming a proficient marksman and aeroplane pilot, he left the army to follow a career in acting and appeared as an extra in several British productions before getting his first major role in The Flying Scotsman. This led to a nine-month contract with MGM, he moved to the United States, where he appeared as a stock actor. After being released by MGM, he was picked up by Paramount, which used Milland in a range of lesser speaking parts as an English character, he was lent to Universal for a film called Three Smart Girls, its success had Milland given a lead role in The Jungle Princess alongside new starlet Dorothy Lamour.

The film catapulted both to stardom. Milland remained with Paramount for 20 years. In addition to his Oscar-winning role in The Lost Weekend, Milland is remembered for the films The Major and the Minor, The Big Clock, The Thief, the last of which had him nominated for his second Golden Globe. After leaving Paramount, he ended his career moving into television. Milland, at one time Paramount Pictures' highest-paid actor, co-starred alongside many of the most popular actresses of the time, including Gene Tierney, Grace Kelly, Lana Turner, Marlene Dietrich, Ginger Rogers, Jane Wyman, Loretta Young, Veronica Lake. Milland was born Alfred Reginald Jones on 3 January 1907 in Neath, the son of Elizabeth Annie and steel mill superintendent Alfred Jones. Milland was schooled independently before attending the private King's College School in Cardiff, he worked at his uncle's horse-breeding farm before leaving home at the age of 21. Commenting on his parents' personalities, he wrote in his 1974 autobiography: Prior to becoming an actor, Milland served in the Household Cavalry.

An expert shot, he became a member of his company's rifle team, winning many prestigious competitions, including the Bisley Match in England. While stationed in London, Milland met dancer Margot St. Leger, through her was introduced to American actress Estelle Brody. Brody queried Milland's commitment to an army career, which led to Milland buying himself out of the forces in 1928 in the hope of becoming an actor, his first appearance on film was as an uncredited extra on the E. A. Dupont film Piccadilly. After some unproductive extra work, which never reached the screen, he signed with a talent agent named Frank Zeitlin on the recommendation of fellow actor Jack Raine, his prowess as a marksman earned him work as an extra at the British International Pictures studio on Arthur Robison's production of The Informer, the first screen version of the Liam O'Flaherty novel. While he was working on The Informer, he was asked to test for a production being shot on a neighbouring stage. Milland made a favourable impression with director Castleton Knight, was hired for his first acting role as Jim Edwards in The Flying Scotsman.

In his autobiography, Milland recalls that on this film set, he was suggested to adopt a stage name, he chose Milland from the "mill lands" area of his Welsh home town of Neath. His work on The Flying Scotsman resulted in him being granted a six-month contract, in which Milland starred in two more Knight-directed films, The Lady from the Sea and The Plaything. Believing that his acting was poor, that he had won his film roles through his looks alone, Milland decided to gain some stage work to improve his art. After hearing that club owner Bobby Page was financing a touring company, Milland approached him in hope of work, he was given the role of second lead, in a production of Sam Shipman and Max Marcin's The Woman in Room 13. Despite being released from the play after five weeks, Milland felt that he had gained valuable acting experience. In between stage work, Milland was approached by MGM vice-president Robert Rubin, who had seen the film The Flying Scotsman. MGM offered Milland a nine-month contract, based in Hollywood, he accepted, leaving the United Kingdom in August 1930.

MGM started Milland out as a'stock' player, selecting him for small speaking parts in mainstream productions. Milland's first introduction to a Hollywood film resulted in a humiliating scene on the set of Son of India, when the film's director Jacques Feyder berated Milland's acting in front of the entire crew. Despite this setback, the studio executives talked Milland into staying in Hollywood, in 1930, he appeared in his first US film Passion Flower. Over the next two years, Milland appeared in minor parts for MGM, as well as a few films lent to Warner Bros. uncredited. His largest role during this period was as Charles Laughton's nephew in Payment Deferred. While in this first period working in the United States, Milland met Muriel Frances Weber, whom he always called "Mal", a student at the University of Southern California. Within eight months of first meeting, the two were married on 30 September 1932 at the Riverside Mission Inn; the couple had a son, a daughter, Victoria. Shortly after Payment Deferred, Milland found himself out of work when MGM failed to renew his contract.

He spent five months in the US attempting to find further acti

Jean Driscoll

Jean Driscoll is an American wheelchair racer. She won the women's wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon eight times, more than any other female athlete in any division, her wins in Boston included seven consecutive first-place finishes from 1990 to 1996. Driscoll participated in four Summer Paralympic Games, winning a total of five gold, three silver, four bronze medals in events ranging from 200 meters to the marathon. Born with spina bifida, Driscoll grew up in Wisconsin, she became involved in a variety of wheelchair sports. She was recruited to play wheelchair basketball at the University of Illinois, while there she joined the school's wheelchair track and field team, she competed at her first Paralympics in 1988, taking bronze in the 200 and 400 meter races, silver in the 4×100 meter relay, gold in the 4×200 meter relay. Her first major win in racing came in 1989, when she beat Candace Cable at the Lilac Bloomsday 12k in Spokane, Washington. Following this success, her coach Marty Morse convinced her to try a marathon.

Driscoll participated in the 1989 Chicago Marathon and finished fast enough to qualify for the next year's Boston Marathon. At Morse's urging, she reluctantly agreed to race in Boston. Driscoll went on to win the 1990 Boston Marathon in a world best time of 1:43:17, beginning a seven-year winning streak in that race, she set a world record at the 1991 race with a time of 1:42:42, won her fifth Boston and broke the world record a fifth time in 1994, despite a bout of food poisoning days before the race and stiff competition from Australian Louise Sauvage. With Driscoll's win in 1996, she became the first person to win seven consecutive Boston Marathons, her streak ended the next year, when her the wheel on her racing chair got caught in a trolley track, causing her to crash and the tire to go flat. At the 1998 race, Driscoll was approaching the finish line in first place when Sauvage sprinted past, winning by half a wheel. Driscoll finished in second place behind Sauvage for a third time in 1999.

In 2000, Driscoll won for the eighth and last time, giving her more wins at Boston than any other person. At the 1992 Paralympics, Driscoll won the gold medal in the 4×100 meter relay and competed in three other events—the 800, 1500, 5000 metre races. Four years at the Atlanta Games, she competed in four events and medaled in all of them, taking gold in the 10000 metres and the marathon, silver in the 5000 metres, bronze in the 1500 metres, she added three more medals to her career total at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, winning gold and bronze in the marathon, 1500 metres, 5000 metres, respectively. In 2012, she was inducted into the U. S. Olympic Hall of Fame and earlier that year, The Lincoln Academy of Illinois granted Driscoll the Order of Lincoln award, the highest honor bestowed by the State of Illinois. On September 23, 2003, Royal Caribbean International announced that Jean Driscoll would serve as godmother to the line's newest ship, Mariner of the Seas, entrusted with blessing the ship before her maiden voyage in November 2003.

Driscoll gave the ship its name during ceremonies in Port Canaveral, Florida, on Nov. 14, 2003. In a press release by Royal Caribbean, chairman and CEO Richard Fain remarked that "Jean is a true champion who excels in everything she does, in the sports arena and beyond, she has shown by example that physical disabilities need not limit life experiences, we are proud to have her spirit lead a ship, designed to ensure all guests can participate in the excitement of a cruise experience."She became a motivational speaker and international advocate for those with disabilities. Driscoll has supported programming for athletes with disabilities by traveling to Ghana, West Africa several times and helping develop the first Paralympic athletes in history from that country. In 2004, Raphael Nkegbe and Ajara Busanga became the first Ghanaian athletes to represent their country in the Paralympic Games and competed in wheelchair track. Jean Driscoll at the International Paralympic Committee Jean Driscoll at U.

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William Lipscomb

William Nunn Lipscomb Jr. was a Nobel Prize-winning American inorganic and organic chemist working in nuclear magnetic resonance, theoretical chemistry, boron chemistry, biochemistry. Lipscomb was born in Ohio, his family moved to Lexington, Kentucky in 1920, he lived there until he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at the University of Kentucky in 1941. He went on to earn his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1946. From 1946 to 1959 he taught at the University of Minnesota. From 1959 to 1990 he was a professor of chemistry at Harvard University, where he was a professor emeritus since 1990. Lipscomb was married to the former Mary Adele Sargent from 1944 to 1983, they had three children. He married Jean Evans in 1983, they had one adopted daughter. Lipscomb resided in Massachusetts until his death in 2011 from pneumonia. "My early home environment... stressed self reliance. Independence was encouraged in the early years when my mother taught music and when my father's medical practice occupied most of his time."

In grade school Lipscomb collected animals, pets and minerals. Interest in astronomy led him to visitor nights at the Observatory of the University of Kentucky, where Prof. H. H. Downing gave him a copy of Baker's Astronomy. Lipscomb credits gaining many intuitive physics concepts from this book and from his conversations with Downing, who became Lipscomb's lifelong friend; the young Lipscomb participated in other projects, such as Morse-coded messages over wires and crystal radio sets, with five nearby friends who became physicists, an engineer. At age of 12, Lipscomb was given a small Gilbert chemistry set, He expanded it by ordering apparatus and chemicals from suppliers and by using his father's privilege as a physician to purchase chemicals at the local drugstore at a discount. Lipscomb made his own fireworks and entertained visitors with color changes and explosions, his mother questioned his home chemistry hobby only once, when he attempted to isolate a large amount of urea from urine.

Lipscomb credits perusing the large medical texts in his physician father's library and the influence of Linus Pauling years to his undertaking biochemical studies in his years. Had Lipscomb become a physician like his father, he would have been the fourth physician in a row along the Lipscomb male line; the source for this subsection, except as noted, is Lipscomb's autobiographical sketch. Lipscomb's high-school chemistry teacher, Frederick Jones, gave Lipscomb his college books on organic and general chemistry, asked only that Lipscomb take the examinations. During the class lectures, Lipscomb in the back of the classroom did research that he thought was original: the preparation of hydrogen from sodium formate and sodium hydroxide, he took care to search for probable side reactions. Lipscomb had a high-school physics course and took first prize in the state contest on that subject, he became interested in special relativity. In college at the University of Kentucky Lipscomb had a music scholarship.

He pursued independent study there, reading Dushman' s Elements of Quantum Mechanics, the University of Pittsburgh Physics Staff's An Outline of Atomic Physics, Pauling's The Nature of the Chemical Bond and the Structure of Molecules and Crystals. Prof. Robert H. Baker suggested that Lipscomb research the direct preparation of derivatives of alcohols from dilute aqueous solution without first separating the alcohol and water, which led to Lipscomb's first publication. For graduate school Lipscomb chose Caltech, which offered him a teaching assistantship in Physics at $20/month, he turned down more money from Northwestern University, which offered a research assistantship at $150/month. Columbia University rejected Lipscomb's application in a letter written by Nobel prizewinner Prof. Harold Urey. At Caltech Lipscomb intended to study theoretical quantum mechanics with Prof. W. V. Houston in the Physics Department, but after one semester switched to the Chemistry Department under the influence of Prof. Linus Pauling.

World War II work divided Lipscomb's time in graduate school beyond his other thesis work, as he analyzed smoke particle size, but worked with nitroglycerin–nitrocellulose propellants, which involved handling vials of pure nitroglycerin on many occasions. Brief audio clips by Lipscomb about his war work may be found from the External Links section at the bottom of this page, past the References; the source for this subsection, except as noted, is Lipscomb's autobiographical sketch. The Colonel is. "His first doctoral student, Murray Vernon King, pinned the label on him, it was adopted by other students, who wanted to use an appellation that showed informal respect.... Lipscomb's Kentucky origins as the rationale for the designation." Some years in 1973 Lipscomb was made a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. Lipscomb, along with several other Nobel laureates, was a regular presenter at the annual Ig Nobel Awards Ceremony, last doing so on September 30, 2010. Lipscomb has worked in three main areas, nuclear magnetic resonance and the chemical shift, boron chemistry and the nature of the chemical bond, large biochemical molecules.

These areas share some scientific techniques. In at least the first two of these areas Lipscomb gave himself a big challenge to fail, plotted a course of intermediate goals. In this area Lipscomb propose