Authorised form of nameHanbury Brown; Robert (1916 - 2002)
Dates1916 - 2002
Place of birthAravankadu, India
Date of birth31/08/1916
Date of death16/01/2002
Research fieldRadio astronomy
Tonbridge School; Brighton Technical College; London University. BSc in Engineering (1935)
Radar development under Sir Robert Watson-Watt (FRS 1941), Air Ministry Research Station, Bawdsey Manor (1936-1942); seconded as Assistant Head, Combined Research Group, US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington (1942); Consultant Engineer in partnership with Sir Robert Watson-Watt (1947-1949); with Bernard Lovell (FRS 1955) (1949); involved in the early development of Jodrell Bank; Professor of Radio-Astronomy, Manchester University (1960); Professor of Physics (Astronomy), Sydney University (1964-1981); returned to England (1986)
International Astronomical Union (President 1982-1985)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election24/03/1960
Age at election43
Royal Society activityMedals and prizes:
Hughes Medal 1971
RelationshipsSon of an Army officer; married (1952) Heather Chesterman; three children, one daughter and two sons
Published worksThere are no Dinosaurs in the Bible (2003)
Boffin: a personal story of the early days of radar, radio astronomy and quantum optics (1991) [Autobiography]
Wisdom of Science (1986)
Photons, galaxies and stars (1985)
Man and the Stars (1978)
The Intensity Interferometer (1974)
Daily Telegraph 22 January 2002 (obituary); Guardian 18 January 2002 (obituary)
Sir Bernard Lovell, review of R Hanbury Brown, Boffin: A Personal Story of the Early Days of Radar, Radio Astronomy and Quantum Optics in NR 1992 vol 46 pp 332-334
B Lovell, 'The cavity magnetron in World War II: was the secrecy justified?' in NR 2004 vol 58 pp 283 - 294
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 2003 vol 49 pp 83-106, plate, by John Davis and Sir Bernard Lovell
Royal Society codeNA3273
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
P/0199Portrait of Brown, Robert Hanbury1995
IM/000612Brown, Robert Hanburynd
IM/000611Brown, Robert HanburyApril 1967
RHBPapers and correspondence of Robert Hanbury Brown FRS1911 - 2007
EC/1960/02Brown, Robert Hanbury: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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