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Nottingham element: George Byron

George Gordon Byron, or Lord Byron was the most flamboyant and notorious of the major romantic poets. Among his best-known works are the narrative poems Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and Don Juan. Lord Byron is also famous for the way he lived his life. He was a dandy, living extravagantly, with many love affairs and debts.

When Byron's great-uncle, the "wicked" Lord Byron, died on 21 May 1798, the 10-year-old boy became the sixth Baron Byron of Rochdale and inherited the ancestral home, Newstead Abbey, in Nottinghamshire. His mother proudly took him to England, but the Abbey was in an embarrassing state of disrepair and, rather than living there, she decided to lease it to Lord Grey de Ruthyn, among others, during Byron's adolescence.

Scientific element: Germanium

The first major use of Germanium was the point-contact Schottky diodes for radar pulse detection during the War.

Now some of it’s more common uses include fibre-optics, infrared optics.

Solar panels are also a major use of Germanium

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