Caryle Smith Beals, 29 June 1899 - 2 July 1979

Gerhard Herzberg
1981 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society  
his father, F ran cis H arris P arker Beals, and his m other, A nnie Florence N ightingale nee S m ith, w ere descended from U n ited E m pire Loyalists w ho left N ew E ngland at th e tim e of the A m erican R evolution. T h e fam ilies of b o th paren ts w ere sm all landow ners w ho lived in the country and took m uch in terest in religious m atters. Beals's father was b o rn in 1856 on the fam ily farm at Inglisville, N ova Scotia, the te n th and youngest child of Jam es Beals w ho was
more » ... ended from A bel Beals (born in 1755), a Loyalist of 1783 pro b ab ly from M assachusetts. O ne of his forebears was W illiam Beals w ho came am ong the P ilgrim s to P lym o u th (U .S .A .) in 1621 in the , the next vessel after the M ayflower. F rancis Beals, after his studies at A cadia U n iv er sity and at the N ew ton Theological S em inary (N ew ton C entre, M assachusetts), was ordained a m in ister of the U n ited B aptist C h u rch in 1887. H e spent his life m inistering to various churches in N ova Scotia and died in W olfville, N .S ., in 1927. A t W olfville is located A cadia U niversity of w hich F rancis Beals was a G overnor in the last years of his life. F rancis and A nnie Beals had four children of w hom Carlyle was the youngest. H e was close to his sister H elen, one year his senior, w ho survives him . H is oldest b ro th er, P hilip Sidney, was killed in action during W orld W ar I (1917). H is second b ro th er, Paul, died in infancy. Carl Beals spent his childhood in the co untry village of C anard, N .S ., and obtained his elem entary and secondary schooling in a small tw o-room school at U p p er C anard. H e described his schooling as follows: 'Since the teachers were usually young girls of good ability b u t m oderate scholastic attainm ents m y early scientific education depended largely on m y own reading of the prescribed textbooks in physics and chem istry. Chem ical experim ents had to be done on the desks in fro n t of five grades of schoolchildren and one of m y pleasantest m em ories is of doing all the 29
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