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Reference numberEC/1957/08
Previous numbersCert XVI, 184
LevelItem
TitleHoyle, Sir Fred: certificate of election to the Royal Society
DescriptionCertificate of Election
CitationIn extensive investigations of the structure of galaxies and work with Lyttleton on accretion, was probably first in recognizing the importance of continuing interaction between stars and interstellar matter. Contributions to the theory of stellar constitution include the calculation, recognising the significance of electron- scattering opacity, of an improved mass-luminosity relation, which helped to show that agreement with observation demands high-hydrogen content; the appreciation (with Lyttelton) of the non-homogenous composition of certain stars; work on nuclear reactions in very hot stars, leading to the view that heavy elements are synthesised inside stars. Formulated a field-theory in which the creation of matter occurs continuously, the steady-state model of the universe being a deduction of this theory.
(List of publications appended)
ProposersFrom Personal Knowledge: W H McCrea; Harold Jeffreys; F J M Stratton; R O Redman; R Stoneley; C G Darwin; H H Plaskett; H Spencer Jones; A G Shentone; E C Bullard
Access statusOpen
Fellows associated with this archive
CodeNameDates
NA5692Hoyle; Sir; Fred (1915 - 2001)1915 - 2001
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