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Snow, CP

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Charles Percy Snow, Baron Snow, CBE (15 October 1905 - 1 July 1980) was a scientist and novelist.


Born in Leicester, he was educated at University College, Leicester and Cambridge University, where he became a Fellow of Christ's College. He was knighted in 1957 and made a life peer as Baron Snow, of the City of Leicester, in 1964. He served as a Minister in the Labour government of Harold Wilson. C.P. Snow was married to novelist Pamela Hansford Johnson.


Snow is most noted for his lectures and books regarding his concept of "The Two Cultures", as developed in The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution (1959). Here he notes that the breakdown of communication between the sciences and the humanities is a major hindrance to solving the world's problems. Snow's lecture aroused considerable ferment at the time of its delivery, partly because of the uncompromising style in which he stated his case. He was strongly criticised by the literary critic F. R. Leavis. The dispute even inspired a comic song on the subject of the second law of thermodynamics from Flanders & Swann.


Snow's first detective story was Death under Sail (1932). Late in his career, he wrote a second detective novel, A Coat of Varnish (1978). Perhaps he had used the detective novel to practice his writing skills at the start of his career, and a sense of symmetry made him try it again at the close.



Death Under Sail (1932)

A Coat of Varnish (1978)

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