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Sir Arnold Wolfendale
BornJune 25, 1927(1927-06-25)[1]
Rugby, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom[2]
DiedDecember 21, 2020(2020-12-21) (aged 93)[3]
Durham, County Durham, England[3]
InstitutionsUniversity of Manchester
Durham University
University of Ceylon
University of Hong Kong
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
Doctoral studentsGeorge Efstathiou
Known forAstronomer Royal
Cosmic rays[4]
Notable awardsFellow of the Royal Society (1977)[5]
Marian Smoluchowski Medal (1992)
Knight Bachelor (1995)

Sir Arnold Whittaker Wolfendale FRS[5] (25 June 1927 – 21 December, 2020)[1][2][3] was a British astronomer. He was Astronomer Royal from 1991 to 1995. He was Emeritus Professor in the Department of Physics at Durham University[6] and was president of the European Physical Society (1999–2001).[4][7][8][9][10][11] He was President of the Royal Astronomical Society from 1981 to 1983.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "WOLFENDALE, Sir Arnold (Whittaker)". Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press. (subscription needed)
  2. 2.0 2.1 GRO Register of Births: SEP 1927 6d 1198a RUGBY – Arnold W. Wolfendale, mmn = Hoyle
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Times, 30 December, 2020, p49 (Subscription required)
  4. 4.0 4.1 100 Years of Comic Rays: A Royal Society Lecture by Sir Arnold Wolfendale at YouTube
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Library and Archive Catalogue Wolfendale". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013.'EC/1977/39'). 
  6. "Prof Sir AW Wolfendale - Durham University". Durham University. Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. 
  7. Sloan, T.; Wolfendale, A. W. (2008). "Testing the proposed causal link between cosmic rays and cloud cover". Environmental Research Letters 3 (2): 024001. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/3/2/024001 . 
  8. Wibig, T.; Wolfendale, A. W. (2005). "At what particle energy do extragalactic cosmic rays start to predominate?". Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics 31 (3): 255. doi:10.1088/0954-3899/31/3/005 . 
  9. Bhat, C. L.; Issa, M. R.; Houston, B. P.; Mayer, C. J.; Wolfendale, A. W. (1985). "Cosmic γ rays and the mass of gas in the Galaxy". Nature 314 (6011): 511. doi:10.1038/314511a0 . 
  10. Arnold Wolfendale publications in Google Scholar
  11. Prof Sir Arnold Wolfendale, Debretts Biography Archived 2 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine