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David Bates

AKA David Robert Bates

Born: 18-Nov-1916
Birthplace: Omagh, Ireland
Died: 5-Jan-1994
Location of death: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Astronomer, Physicist
Party Affiliation: See Note [1]

Nationality: Ireland
Executive summary: Atmospheric and interstellar physics

Sir David Bates studied upper atmospheric physics, the chemistry of interstellar clouds, and theoretical atomic and molecular physics, laying the groundwork for the science now sometimes called aeronomy. A life-long peace activist in Ireland, he was co-founder of the non-sectarian Alliance Party of Northern Ireland. He is the namesake of two honors given for high scientific achievement: the European Geophysical Society's Bates Medal for astronomy, and the Institute of Physics' Bates Prize for atomic, molecular, optical and plasma physics.


[1] Alliance Party.

Father: Walter Vivian Bates (pharmacist)
Mother: Mary Olive Shera Bates
Sister: Margaret Bates
Wife: Barbara Bates (m. 1956)
Son: Adam Bates
Daughter: Katherine Bates

    High School: Royal Belfast Academical Institution (1934)
    University:
BS Physics, Queen's University Belfast (1937)
    University: MS Physics, Queen's University Belfast (1938)
    Teacher: University College London (1945-51)
    University: DSc Physics, University College London (1951)
    Professor: Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Queen's University Belfast (1951-94)

    Knight of the British Empire 1978
    Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal 1977 (with John G. Bolton)
    Hughes Medal 1970
    National Academy of Sciences
    Royal Society

Author of books:
The Planet Earth (1957)
Advances in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (1993, with Benjamin Bederson)


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