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Astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell Dies At 98 22

Posted by Soulskill
from the rest-in-peace dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Sir Bernard Lovell, the founder of the Jodrell Bank Observatory and namesake of the Lovell telescope has died at the age of 98. The Mark 1 telescope, as it was known in the '60s, was the only western telescope that could track the early Russian moon probes, which ensured its debts were paid off. However, the telescope is more famous for radio astronomy, including pulsar research, hydrogen line studies of the galaxy, and much more as other telescopes joined it in the Merlin network."
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Astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell Dies At 98

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  • SBL (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Vanders (110092) on Tuesday August 07, 2012 @05:22PM (#40910789) Homepage
    I'm proud to say I attended the Sir Bernard Lovell School in Oldland Common, where he was born. Sadly I suspect that the majority of students attending these days won't know who Sir Bernard Lovell is or what he did, which is a shame.
  • by M1FCJ (586251) on Tuesday August 07, 2012 @05:52PM (#40911111)

    Mark 1 telescope is probably one of those things you must see before you die. Lovell's contributions to astronomy and science are hard to measure. Especially in early 40s and 50s all of this was cutting edge science. He is counted among the pioneers like Jansky,

  • Re:just think (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Celarent Darii (1561999) on Tuesday August 07, 2012 @09:24PM (#40913623)
    Actually thanks to him, there is still so much more to learn that we don't know. Thanks to him, our view of the heavens surpassed the visible spectrum and we have so much more to observe.

    It is said that education is the progressive discovery of our own ignorance. With every discovery we only uncover a small part of the world, but at the same time shows how much is still yet to be known.

    RIP Sir Bernard Lowell.

    P.S. If it is any comfort it is nice to know he died peacefully, instead of what could have happened :

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/5362829/Sir-Bernard-Lovell-claims-Russians-tried-to-kill-him-with-radiation.html
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 08, 2012 @02:53AM (#40915643)

    ...in a subject where the British led much of the early work. Interestingly, and very telling, the Wiki entry for Radio Astronomy does not mention Lovell or the Jodrell Bank telescope at all...

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