Oliver Lodge was a nineteenth century scientist and spiritualist
When and Where was he Born?
12th June 1851, “The Views”, Penkhull, Staffordshire, England. (House lived in later by Stanley Matthews).
Oliver Lodge was the eldest son of Oliver Lodge and Grace Heath.
Newport Grammar School, Shropshire. University College London and the Royal College of Science, London.
Chronology/Biography of Sir Oliver Lodge:
1881: Lodge lived at 17 Parkhurst Road, Islington, London. Became Professor of Physics at the University of Liverpool.
1887: Oliver Lodge elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London.
1890: He completed his time as Physics Professor at the University of Liverpool.
1893: Lodge discredited the ether theory prevalent with the Victorians which had said that a substance called ether must be necessary to carry waves. This thus paved the way for Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.
1894: He perfected a radio wave detector named “The Coherer”. Became the first man to transmit a message by wireless signal at a meeting of the British Association at Oxford. He also invented the spark plug for the motor car.
1898: Oliver Lodge was awarded the Rumford Medal from the Royal Society.
1900: He was chosen as the first Principle of the New Birmingham University.
1902: Oliver Lodge received a Knighthood.
1915: Death of his son Raymond. In later life, although he was a practising Christian he took a major interest in psychic phenomenon with his friend Arthur Conan Doyle. Much of this work proved controversial but he remained undaunted.
1897: “Signalling across Space without Wires”.
1909: “The Ether of Space”
1924: “Making of Man”.
1925: “Talks about Wireless”.
1931: “Past Years” (autobiography).
1933: “My Philosophy”.
22nd August 1877 to Mary Marshall, from Brampton House, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire.
When and Where did he Die?
22nd August 1940, Normanton House, Lake, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.
Age at Death:
Site of Grave:
Close to the South East wall of St. Michael’s Church, Wilsford (Lake), Wiltshire.
Places of Interest:
University of Birmingham.