PROFESSOR R. J. TAYLER OBE, FRS (1929-97)
We regret to announce the death on 23rd January 1997 of Roger John Tayler, Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at the University of Sussex, after a courageous eight-year fight against cancer. He will be greatly missed by colleagues in the Royal Astronomical Society and the wider astronomical community.
Professor Tayler held office in the Royal Astronomical Society for 18 years, as Secretary (1971-79), Treasurer (1979-87) and finally President (1989-90). For a period of some 20 years he was also Managing Editor of one of the Society's learned journals ('Monthly Notices') and he edited the second volume of the Society's history, covering the years 1920-1980.
Before moving to the University of Sussex in 1966, Professor Tayler worked first at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell and Culham, and then at Cambridge University, where he was a lecturer in mathematics and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College.
In his scientific work, Professor Tayler made important contributions to stellar structure and evolution, plasma stability, nucleogenesis and cosmology. He wrote a number of textbooks used by students world-wide.
Dr Jacqueline Mitton, RAS Public Relations Officer