Sir Francis G. Smith, British astronomer

Sir Francis G. Smith, British astronomer

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Caption: Sir Francis Graham Smith (born 1923), British astronomer. Smith was educated at Cambridge University. His career over the following decades was in the new field of radio astronomy, working in Cambridge with other pioneers such as Martin Ryle. After Cambridge, he worked at Jodrell Bank in Manchester, and the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London. He was Director at Greenwich from 1976 to 1981 (after that position had been separated from the position of Astronomer Royal), and Director of Jodrell Bank from 1981. From 1982 to 1990 he was Astronomer Royal. He was knighted in 1986. He has also served as President of the Royal Astronomical Society, and was awarded the Royal Medal of the Royal Society in 1987.

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