Bernard Lovell

Bernard Lovell

Bernard Lovell

Sir Bernard Lovell has been described by Sir Patrick Moore as the 'Isaac Newton of radio astronomy'. After his World War II service, Lovell founded Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, England, and oversaw the construction of what was then the world's largest steerable radio telescope (and remains one of the largest). This telescope, later named the Lovell Telescope in his honour, was used to track Soviet and American missions during the Space Race.

Lovell will be remembered as a pioneer of radio astronomy, which provides important clues about the Universe's history.

Image: Bernard Lovell (credit: Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester)

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Bernard Lovell


The 'Isaac Newton of radio astronomy' builds a great telescope.

About Bernard Lovell

Sir Alfred Charles Bernard Lovell, OBE, FRS (31 August 1913 – 6 August 2012) was an English physicist and radio astronomer. He was the first Director of Jodrell Bank Observatory, from 1945 to 1980.

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