Bernard Lovell

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Bernard Lovell (Jodrell Bank, University of Manchester)

Sir Alfred Charles Bernard Lovell , OBE (born August 31, 1913 in Oldland Common, Gloucestershire , † August 6, 2012 ) was a British astronomer and pioneer of radio astronomy .


Bernard Lovell studied physics in Bristol with Professor Arthur Mannering Tyndall (1881–1961). After graduating in 1934, he continued research for two years in order to receive his doctorate in 1936 . In the same year he went to Manchester , where he was given a teaching position for a year. In 1937 he became a member of the research group that dealt with cosmic rays .

Parabolic antenna of the Lovell telescope

During World War II , Lovell worked at the British Air Force ( RAF ) TRE and developed valuable techniques for using radar in fighter aircraft detection and navigation . For this work he received the Order of the British Empire after World War II .

After the end of the Second World War, Lovell worked scientifically again. He was able to get a decommissioned mobile radar, which he used to study cosmic rays . After realizing that the electric trams in Manchester were causing interference , the research group moved their equipment to Jodrell Bank in an open field outside Manchester. A short time later, Manchester University took over the installation of a permanent system in the field and also helped manufacture the first radio telescope . In 1951, Lovell became a professor at Manchester University. He stayed in this position until he retired in 1980.



  • Science and Civilization . (1939)
  • World Power Resources and Social Development . (1945)
  • Radio Astronomy . (1952)
  • Meteor Astronomy . (1954)
  • The individual and the universe. London 1959. German translation: The individual and the universe. Possibilities and problems of modern astronomy. Göttingen 1959.
  • New ways to explore space. Goettingen 1964.
  • Deeper and deeper into space! in: The world in which we will live. Universe, rays and matter. Zurich 1967. pp. 93-126.
  • The Story of Jodrell Bank . (1968)
  • Out of the Zenith . (1973)
  • Emerging Cosmology . (1980). German translation: The infinite universe. History of cosmology from ancient times to the present. Munich 1983.
  • The Jodrell Bank Telesopes . (1985)
  • Voice of the Universe: Building the Jodrell Bank Telesope . (1987)
  • Astronomer by Chance . (1990)


Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. Sir Bernard Lovell, 1913–2012
  2. ^ Member History: Sir Bernard Lovell. American Philosophical Society, accessed October 28, 2018 .