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Bondi, Sir Hermann

(1919 --)

Mathematical physicist and astronomer, born in Vienna, Austria. He studied at Cambridge, where he held academic posts (1945--54) after working for the British Admiralty during World War 2. He was appointed professor of mathematics at King's College, London (1954), director-general of the European Space Research Organisation (1967--71), chief scientific adviser, Ministry of Defence (1971--7), chief scientist, Department of Energy (1977--80), chairman of the Natural Environment Research Council (1980--4), and Master of Churchill College, Cambridge (1983--90). He is best known as one of the originators of the steady-state theory of the universe.

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