Elected F.R.S. 1963
Arthur James Cochran Wilson was born in SpringhiH, Nova Scotia, on 28 November 1914. His father, a medical doctor, served with the Canadian army in the First World War and he was reported missing in circumstances that were not very clear. Arthur had no memory of him at all and he and his sister, Jean, were brought up by their mother, who had to work extremely hard just to feed and clothe the family. He had a younger cousin, John Wilson, and it was John–s mother, who had a substantial inheritance, who paid for Arthur–s schooling. There was considerable social stigma associated with poverty in those days and the necessity of accepting charity in order to see to her children–s needs was resented by Arthur–s mother, which created tension in the family.