Rest in Peace, Rod Davies
I heard sad news today of the death at the age of 85 of distinguished radio astronomer Prof. Rod Davies CBE FRS, who was Professor of Radio Astronomy at the University of Manchester. He was the President of the Royal Astronomical Society from 1987 to 1989, and the Director of Jodrell Bank Observatory for the period 1988-97.
I first met Rod Davies when, as a graduate student, I attended a talk he gave on the Cosmic Microwave Background, a subject that became one of my main research interests. The field has changed greatly over the thirty years between then and now, but I still remember his colloquium because it was so clearly explained and so balanced in the way he discussed work of his own group and that of the competition. I also remember his friendliness, even when asked idiotic questions by an ignorant PhD student (me). I’ve met him many times since and he has always behaved in the same way: kind, courteous and principled – a really nice man. Few people combine eminence in their field with such humility and good grace. My sincere condolences go to his loved ones, friends, and colleagues. He will be greatly missed.
R.I.P. Rod Davies (1930-2015). Radioastronomer and gentleman.Follow @telescoper