Snow was born in Leicester, in 1905. He was a novelist, critic and scientist,
and was educated as a chemist and physicist at the universities of Leicester and
Cambridge. He did scientific work in the 1930s and during the Second World War
was the chief of scientific personnel for the ministry of labour. He was made a
Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1943, he was knighted in 1957, and
created a life peer in 1964. He was the parliamentary secretary to the minister
of technology between 1964 and 1966.
By Daniel J Spencer