Elected F.R.S. 1981
Michael Rex Horne was born in Leicester on 29 December 1921, the first child of the Reverend Ernest Horne and Katie Horne (née Smeeton). Ernest, his father (1882—1959), was born and brought up in Rotherham into a disciplined family of three boys and one girl, and left school at quite an early age (as was usual at that time) to work in a steelworks in Sheffield. He had an ambition to enter the ministry but assumed that his lack of formal education would make this impossible. Encouraged by the minister of a Congregational church in Rotherham, Ernest applied to Paton Theological College in Nottingham, which admitted mature students without traditional qualifications. He was admitted in 1910 and became an accredited Congregational minister in 1914.