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Leon Mestel 1927-2017

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 15:20
Published on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 15:20

The RAS offers its condolences to the family and friends of Professor Leon Mestel, who sadly passed away in September at the age of 90. 

leon mestelProf. Leon Mestel FRS. Credit: Lucinda Douglas-Menzies


Prof. Mestel was Emeritus Professor at the University of Sussex, and his research interests ranged from stellar structure and evolution to cosmic magnetism and pulsar electrodynamics. In 1963, he published a paper describing a phenomenon that occurs during galaxy and star formation that came to be known as a 'Mestel disk'.


For his scientific achievements, Prof. Mestel was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1977. He later received the Eddington Medal from the RAS in 1993, for his fundamental work on cosmic magnetism, and then the Society's highest honour, the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, in 2002.