Prof Sir Martin RyleMartin Ryle graduated from Oxford in 1939 with a degree in Physics.  He joined the radar team and worked on aerial design for airborne radars.  He later worked on electronic countermeasures and helped plan the D-Day spoof attack. 

At the end of the war he received a fellowship at the Cavendish Laboratory to start an investigation of the radio emission from the Sun, which had recently been discovered accidentally by Stanley Hey with radar equipment.  Martin Ryle became one of the founding fathers of radio astronomy. 

He received a Nobel prize for his work in radio astrophysics and also became Astronomer Royal.

Prof Sir Martin Ryle FRS
27 September 1918 -14 October 1984

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Papers & Links etc.
Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge holds some of Martin Ryle's papers:
List available via Janus - Ref: GBR/0014/RYLE  biography & papers Martin Ryle  accessed Apr 2011
or try:  http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/  with search words: Martin Ryle 
Nobel Prize in Physics in 1974: biography Martin Ryle   accessed Feb 2011
or go to:  http://nobelprize.org  with search words: Martin Ryle
Wikipedia page:  biography Martin Ryle  accessed Feb 2011
or try:  http://en.wikipedia.org/  with search words: Martin Ryle 
Royal Society - Elected Fellow in 1952 - for a biography -
go to: http://rsbm.royalsocietypublishing.org  with search words: Martin Ryle
Group in March 1942:  Group 25  Post Design Services (PDS)

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