(I’m not guaranteeing that I’ve identified either of these shells correctly!)
I CAN’T NOW remember where I collected these but the Brown Venus must be from a sandy
beach because grains of sand keep dropping out of the tiny holes in the shell.
C. M. Yonge
On the bookshelf behind me I’ve got a copy of the classic New NaturalistThe Sea
Shore(1949) by C. M. Yonge. Yonge is a name I’ve associated with the sea since coming
across an 18th century journal of a ship’s surgeon of that name in the library at
my grammar school.
Marine biologist Charles Maurice Yonge(1899 - 1986) was born far from the sea in
Wakefield as his father John Arthur Yonge was headmaster at Silcoates School but
in 1904 a ‘Great Fire’ resulted in the temporary exile of staff and pupils to Saltburn
on the east coast.
Perhaps this is where the young Maurice Yonge developed his fascination for the sea.
As well as The Sea Shore, he wrote A Year on the Barrier Reef(1930) where he has
a reef at Lizard Island named after him. It’s a long way from Saltburn. He was awarded
the Darwin Medal in 1968.
His daughter artist Elspeth Yonge who illustrated his Seashore Biology (1976, with
John H. Barrett) married holocaust survivor and particle physicist Bruno Touschek(1921-1978) whose ideas led to ADA, the first matter/ antimatter accelerator.
Link:biography and a couple of cartoons by Touschek at INFN, (National Institute
of Nuclear Physics) Frascati, Rome.