Fred Hoyle showed early mathematical promise but preferred to play truant than sit in school. He did, however, manage to win a scholarship to Bingley Grammar School in 1926. Here he excelled, skipping his fourth year, and showing such promise that the headmaster, Alan Smailes, encouraged him to sit the entrance examination at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Hoyle was unsuccessful on his first attempt, but having passed his higher certificate in 1933 and having won a grant from the local education authority, he eventually gained a place at Emmanuel College, Cambridge to read Natural Sciences.
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