Authorised form of nameWilson; Sir; Robert (1927 - 2002)
Dates1927 - 2002
Date of birth16/04/1927
Date of death02/09/2002
Research fieldAstrophysics
Harwell (Zeta): Culham , Director SRC Astrophysics Research Unit (1968=1972); Professor of Astronomy, University College London (1972-1994); leading role in national and international science policy bodies such as SRC, NERC, Anglo-Australian Telescope Board, and James Clerk Maxwell Telescope Board. His determination led to the launch of the forerunner of the Hubble space telescope. Developed the International Ultraviolet Explorer Satellite, the most successful and productive astronomical space facility ever built.
CBE 1978; Kt 1989
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election20/03/1975
Age at election47
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 2004 vol 50 pp 367-386, plate, by C Jordan
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA3877
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/GA/GRS/7547Wilson, Sir Robertnd
MS/921/1International Ultraviolet Explorer Notebook I, Robert WilsonMay 1971-August 1976
MS/921/2International Ultraviolet Explorer Notebook II, Robert WilsonSeptember 1976-September 1978
MS/921Notebooks of Robert Wilson on the International Ultraviolet ExplorerMay 1971-September 1978
EC/1975/31Wilson, Robert: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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