Leon Mestel, British astrophysicist

Leon Mestel, British astrophysicist

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Caption: Leon Mestel (born 1927), British astrophysicist. Mestel's research interests include stellar structure, stellar evolution, star formation, cosmic magnetism, pulsar electrodynamics, and magnetohydrodynamics. He has worked at the universities of Cambridge and Manchester, becoming professor of astronomy at the University of Sussex in 1973. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1977. He retired in 1992 and became Emeritus Professor at Sussex. His awards include the Eddington Medal (1992) and the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (2002). Photographed in 2008, at the University of Sussex, near Brighton, UK.

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