Edward Neville da Costa Andrade was born in London on 1887. A physicist, he studied at London, Heidelberg and Cambridge before becoming Professor of Physics at Woolwich and London University. He also held the post of Director at both the Royal Institution and the Davy-Farraday Laboratory and his best known research was in the physics of metals and liquids. He was interested in the history of seventeenth century science, particularly in the history of Isaac Newton and Richard Hooke and edited the tercentenary collection of Newton’s letters. Aside from science his main interest was literature and amongst his many scientific works he also found time to publish poetry. He died in 1971.