The Secret Bench of Knowledge

The Secret Bench of Knowledge is a sculpture created by Canadian artist Lea Vivot and produced in multiple castings. A prominent one is located at the entrance to the Wellington Street Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa, where it was placed in 1989 on the artist's own initiative. One year Vivot removed it and it was replaced four years by Eugene Boccia from Toronto; the sculpture was unveiled at about 9 AM on the morning of May 1, 1994 in front of a crowd of about 3000 people. The sculpture has many messages inscribed on it, written by school children, about the importance and pleasure of reading. Other locations for the sculpture include various cities in Ontario, as well as Montreal and New York City; the unveiling of the new statue was done by Vivot, assisted by a young blind boy named Gabriel McBride, from Spruce View, who inscribed his message in Braille. Lea Vivot

Coolibah Station

Coolibah Station is a pastoral lease that operates as a cattle station in the Northern Territory. It is situated about 53 kilometres east of Timber Creek and 184 kilometres south west of Katherine with the homestead situated along the Victoria River; the 5,000 square kilometres property running 80,000 head of cattle is owned by Milton Jones. Jones, who owns a helicopter business specializes in aerial mustering, bought the property in 1988 with cash; the station is best known for being the location of the reality television program Keeping up with the Joneses. The property was acquired by Patrick Quilty, the son of Tom Quilty, in 1938. Quilty Snr. owned Glenore Station and Euroka Springs Station, both of which were passed onto his sons. Prior to his death in 1938 Patrick Quilty and his brother Tom acquired Bradshaw Station, Coolibah Station and Bedford Downs Station. A Dragon Rapide aeroplane, of Connellan Airways, crashed at Coolibah in 1949; the head stockman, an Aboriginal man named Jack Brumby, was recommended for a gallantry award for rescuing the pilot.

In 1953 the station was regarded as the third largest in Australia at the time with an area of 7,000 square miles. The manager of the day, Hugh Byers, was committed to stand trial for the theft of 88 head of cattle from neighbouring Victoria River Downs Station. In the same year filming of the Charles Chauvel movie, was commenced at Coolibah. List of ranches and stations

Zhang Zongsui

Zhang Zongsui was a Chinese physicist and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Zhang was born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, on 1 June 1915, to Zhang Dongsun, a philosopher and social activist, Wu Shaohong, his elder brother Zhang Zongbing was an entomologist. His younger brother Zhang Zongying and younger sister Zhang Zongye are physicists. In 1930, he was accepted to the Yenching University, at the next year, he was transferred to Tsinghua University, where he studied physics under Wu Youxun and Chung-Yao Chao. After university, he worked in the Purple Mountain Observatory. In 1937 he pursued advanced studies in the United Kingdom, earning his PhD from the University of Cambridge under Ralph H. Fowler, he worked in the Niels Bohr Institute under the leadership of Niels Bohr. In 1939 he came to the ETH Zurich. Zhang returned to China in 1939 and that same year became a professor at the National Central University. In 1945 he became a senior research fellow at the University of Cambridge. In 1947 he worked in Princeton University.

In 1951 he worked in the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was elected an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1957. On 30 June 1969, he was persecuted to death by the Red Guards at the dawn of the Cultural Revolution