Professor of Astronomy, 1976-1981
He attended King's College, Taunton, before working at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough. He then studied at Caius College, Cambridge, where he was elected a Fellow. At the University of Cambridge he was Lecturer in Physics from 1962, before becoming Reader, 1969, and Professor of Radio Astronomy between 1969 and 1989. He won the Nobel Prize in 1974 for his work on the discovery of pulsars, which are stars that give off regular pulses of radio waves. He directed the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory from 1982 until 1987.