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Astronomer Antony Hewish has died aged 97. He had been in the RAF during World War Two, before moving into radar and meeting Martin Ryle, with whom he was to have a lifelong friendship and scientific partnership. Hewish won the Nobel Prize for Physics (alongside Martin Ryle) for his discover of pulsars, compact stars which emit magnetic radiation beams. In actual fact, it was his student, Jocelyn Bell, who discovered the astronomical finding, and worked with Hewish, who created the telescope used. However, the Nobel Prize body decided that Hewish should get the Nobel Prize for the discovery and not Bell as giving Nobel Prizes to research students would apparently demean the prize! Hewish delivered the Royal Institution Christmas Lecture in 1965, and won several awards for his role in astronomy. Anthony Hewish was a unique pick for Decaying Orbit-uaries, a space theme team run by next DDP co-host DI!
11 May 1924 – 13 September 2021