R.I.P. Sir Arnold Wolfendale (1927-2020)

I’ve just heard the sad news that former Astronomer Royal Sir Arnold Wolfendale passed away on December 21st 2020 at the age of 93. There’s a full tribute to him here from Durham University, where he spent most of his very distinguished career as a cosmic ray physicist and played such an important role in developing a worldwide centre of excellence in Astronomy.

I remember Arnold Wolfendale very well from many trips to Durham over the years, starting with the SERC School for new postgraduate students in Astronomy I attended in 1985. He was an avuncular and extremely friendly presence there who went to a lot of trouble to talk to studdents; you can see him in the front row of the now (in)famous group photograph taken there:

 

Rest in peace, Sir Arnold Wolfendale (1927-2020)

2 Responses to “R.I.P. Sir Arnold Wolfendale (1927-2020)”

  1. John Peacock Says:

    Striking gender balance in the 1985 intake.

  2. Tom Shanks Says:

    Link to the full email to staff from our HOD on sad passing of AWW:

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