William Olaf Stapledon
William Olaf Stapledon (10 May 1886 – 6 September 1950) – known as Olaf Stapledon – was a British philosopher and author of influential works of science fiction. In 2014, he was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. He served as a conscientious objector in the Quaker Friends Ambulance Unit in France and Belgium from July 1915 to January 1919; he was awarded the Croix de Guerre for bravery.
He survived the war and was awarded a PhD in Philosophy from the University in 1925. He used his thesis as the basis for his first published prose book, A Modern Theory of Ethics (1929). This picture was taken in July 1915
His notable works include: Star Maker, Last and First Men, Odd John.