Piltdown man and radiocarbon dating
He sat, too, on the Advisory Council of the Science Museum and was, I believe, the only man ever to serve on all three boards at the same time.He was also an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy."Some people may continue to fight for the authenticity of the shroud," said Hall, "but this settles it once and for all as far as we are concerned."Edward Thomas Hall was born in London on May 10 1924, the son of Lt-Col Walter D'Arcy Hall, who had won an MC and bar during the First World War and later became an MP.Teddy grew up at Shipton Court, a Jacobean manor house in Oxfordshire.After the war, he went up to New College, Oxford, where he read Chemistry, switching to Physics for his D Phil.He was made a Professor in 1985, and in 1989 Emeritus Professor of Archaeological Sciences. He married, in 1957, Jeffie de la Harpe; they had two sons.When more fossils of Neanderthal man were found, Piltdown Man was left wholly isolated in the evolutionary sequence.
He also built the "Littlemore Clock", acknowledged to be the most accurate pendulum clock ever created.
Throughout our long friendship Teddy's and Jeffie's parties have been famous - I remember the whole cast of Annie Get Your Gun being invited one night.
Wherever possible a party was accompanied by a spectacular display of fireworks.
PROFESSOR E T "TEDDY" HALL, who has died aged 77, was a gentleman scientist and leading expert in "archaeometry", the development of scientific techniques to examine archaeological discoveries; among his successes was the carbon-dating test for the Turin Shroud in 1988, but he first came to prominence in the 1950s when he analysed the remains of Piltdown Man, one of the most notorious frauds of the century.
In 1912, a workman in a gravel pit on Piltdown Common, near Uckfield, East Sussex, had found a buried skull and jawbone, which he accidentally shattered with his pickaxe.In the early days of setting up an AMS facility at Oxford, he could be found crawling inside the accelerator tank, or discussing design modifications, or even sweeping the floor.