Elected F.R.S. 1974
William (Bill) Boon and his sister Jean were the children of Walter Boon, a general railway agent, and his wife Ellen Catherine, a farmer's daughter. Bill's mother and father were third cousins and their common great grandfather, James Medhurst, achieved local fame in Sussex as an amateur archaeologist. Some of the artefacts he discovered are in Worthing museum. James Medhurst was also a manufacturer of Tonbridge Ware, and pieces made by him are exhibited in the museum at Tunbridge Wells.