Jan 2013: BAS appoints new President in it’s 70th Anniversary year.

Posted by Chris Lee (chrislee) on Jan 27 2013
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Bristol Astronomical Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor David Southwood as it’s new President, following the death earlier this year of Sir Bernard Lovell.

Professor Southwood has a long and distinguished history in Space Science and Astronomy and is currently President of the prestigious Royal Astronomical Society. He has only recently retired from his post as a Director of the European Space Agency.

The Chair of BAS, Nigel Tasker commented “ The President of any Society can often be an “honorific” position but we are delighted by David’s appointment, especially in our 70th Anniversary year of celebration, since we know his own wish is to be more “hands on” with our Society”

On being confirmed in his nomination and subsequent selection Professor Southwood remarked “I feel deeply honoured by this appointment and I'll do my best to live up to the honour. I grew up not too far away in Torquay and still consider myself a West Country astronomer!”

Professor David Southwood is a British space scientist and current President of the Royal Astronomical Society (as of 2012). Until his retirement in 2011 he was Director of Science and Robotic Exploration at the European Space Agency. He also holds the post of Senior Research Investigator at Imperial College London. His research interests have been in solar–terrestrial physics and planetary science, including building the magnetic field instrument for the Cassini Saturn orbiter. David was born in Torquay, Devon and he studied mathematics for his first degree at Queen Mary College, London, graduating in 1966. He obtained a PhD in physics from Imperial College London.

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