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Sir Bernard Lovell

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Sir Bernard Lovell

  • Birth 31 Aug 1913 Oldland Common, South Gloucestershire Unitary Authority, Gloucestershire, England
  • Death 6 Aug 2012 Swettenham, Cheshire East Unitary Authority, Cheshire, England
  • Burial Swettenham, Cheshire East Unitary Authority, Cheshire, England
  • Memorial ID 94988385

British Astronomer and Astrophysicist. Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Know as the founder and first Director of the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, he is considered a pioneer of Radio Astronomy. Graduated at the University of Bristol, in 1936 he obtained his doctorate in Physics. His research on electromagnetic radio waves began during the World War II, when he was invited to work on the Project Radar at the Telecommunications Research Establishment. After the war he was named Professor at the University of Manchester, and devoted himself to the research on cosmic rays from deep space. The results of this research carried out in conjunction with future Nobel Prize Winner for Physics, Patrick M. S. Blackett, were published under the title, "Radio Echoes and Cosmic Ray Showers". In 1950, he designed and began building, with funding of the University of Manchester, the largest radio telescope rotatable in the world, known as Lovell Telescope. This radio telescope is still active because plays a key role in research on Pulsars, testing on extreme physics, including Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. Lovell was also a talented organist as well as the author of several books and lectures, including "The Individual and the Universe", "The Story of Jodrell Bank", and his autobiography, "Astronomer by Chance".

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sir Bernard Lovell (31 Aug 1913–6 Aug 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 94988385, citing St Peter Churchyard, Swettenham, Cheshire East Unitary Authority, Cheshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .