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Harrie Massey

AKA Harrie Stewart Wilson Massey

Born: 16-May-1908
Birthplace: St. Kilda, Australia
Died: 27-Nov-1983
Location of death: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Astronomer, Physicist

Nationality: Australia
Executive summary: British National Committee for Space Research

Military service: British Navy (Admiralty Mining Establishment, WWII)

Physicist Sir Harrie Massey studied under Ernest Rutherford, and in collaboration with Edward Bullard he published the first experimental evidence for electron diffraction in gases. He did pioneering work in atomic and atmospheric physics, advocated sending rocket probes into the upper atmospheric layers, and oversaw the UK's space research program as the founding Chairman of the British National Committee for Space Research.

Father: Harrie Stewart Massey
Mother: Eleanor Wilson Massey
Wife: (married, at least one daughter)

    High School: University High School, Melbourne, Australia (1925)
    University: BS Physics, University of Melbourne (1927)
    University: BS Mathematics, University of Melbourne (1929)
    University: MS Natural Philosophy, University of Melbourne (1930)
    University: PhD Physics, Cambridge University (1932)
    Teacher: Mathematical Physics, Queen's University Belfast (1933-38)
    Teacher: Mathematics, University College London (1938-50)
    Professor: Physics, University College London (1950-73)
    Professor: Astrophysics, University College London (1973-75)

    Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal 1982 (with Riccardo Giacconi)
    Knight of the British Empire 1960
    Royal Medal 1958
    Hughes Medal 1955
    British National Committee for Space Research Chairman (1958-76)
    Royal Society

Author of books:
Atoms and Energy (1956)
Ancillary Mathematics (1958, with Hyman Kestelman)
The Upper Atmosphere (1958, with Robert L. F. Boyd)
Basic Laws of Matter (1961, with Arthur Robert Quinton)
Space Physics (1964)
The Theory of Atomic Collisions (1965, with Nevill F. Mott)
Space Travel and Exploration (1966)
The New Age in Physics (1966)
Negative Ions (1976)
Atomic and Molecular Collisions (1979)
History of British Space Science (1986, with Malcolm Owen Robins)


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