Professor Rod Davies CBE FRS FRAS
The Royal Astronomical Society offers its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Professor Rod Davies, President of the Royal Astronomical Society from 1987 to 1989, who passed away earlier this month.
Prof Davies spent his working life as a radio astronomer, starting out at the Radiophysics Lab in Sydney in 1951, before taking up a post as an assistant lecturer at Jodrell Bank in 1953, where he spent the rest of his career, becoming director in 1988, a post he held until 1997.
His work covered fields from the Sun to the structure of our galaxy and the cosmic microwave background, the residual heat from the Big Bang. He also oversaw the upgrade of Jodrell Bank and the MERLIN radio observatory into the leading international facility it is today.
Prof Martin Barstow, President of the Royal Astronomical Society, said: “Rod was a leading figure in radio astronomy and in our society. He will be remembered both for his considerable scientific achievements and the way he combined those with a warm personality and good humour.”