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Donald Lynden-Bell

Born: 5-Apr-1935
Birthplace: Dover, Kent, England

Gender: Male
Religion: Anglican/Episcopalian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Astronomer, Physicist

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Astrophysicist at Cambridge

Theoretical astrophysicist Donald Lynden-Bell proposed that the Galaxy formed in a free-falling collapse, leaving massive black holes at the Galaxy's centers, and that these black holes provide the energy for quasars. With six other respected scientists, he proposed in 1980 that the universe is not just expanding, but expanding lopsidedly, drawn toward some unknown "great attractor". He is an acknowledged expert on gravothermal catastrophe in star clusters, violent relaxation, and the amplifying mechanism for spiral structure in galaxies. His wife is the chemist Ruth Marion Lynden-Bell, and they are both on the faculty at Cambridge.

Wife: Ruth Marion Lynden-Bell (chemist)

    University: PhD, Cambridge University
    Scholar: California Institute of Technology
    Scholar: Royal Observatory at Greenwich
    Professor: Astrophysics, Cambridge University (1972-)

    Bruce Medal 1998
    Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal 1993
    Eddington Medal 1984
    Commander of the British Empire
    National Academy of Sciences
    Royal Society
    Royal Astronomical Society President (1985-87)
    Asteroid Namesake 18235 Lynden-Bell

Author of books:
The Structure and Evolution of Normal Galaxies (1981, with S. M. Fall)
Baryonic Dark Matter (1990, with Gerry Gilmore)
Cosmical Magnetism (1994)


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