Charles Coulson was born in Dudley on 13 December 1910 and died in Oxfordshire on 7 January 1974. Dudley was in the heart of the ‘black country’ manufacturing district, where the father of Charles and his twin John was Principal of the local technical college and Superintendent of the Sunday school in the Wesleyan Methodist chapel, his mother a teacher descended from a line of inventors. In 1920 his father moved to Bristol, as His Majesty's Inspector responsible for technical education in the West of England. Charles attended Clifton College and won a scholarship to study mathematics at Cambridge in 1928. After graduation, he stayed on to research, and became part of the team of scientists and mathematicians grouped around the Rutherford laboratory who were unravelling the secrets of the atom.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.