Antony Hewish

English physicist and radio astronomer

Antony Hewish FRS FInstP (born 11 May 1924) is a British radio astronomer. He won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1974 (together with fellow radio-astronomer Martin Ryle)[2] for his role in the discovery of pulsars.

Antony Hewish

Born (1924-05-11) 11 May 1924 (age 96)
Fowey, Cornwall, England
NationalityUnited Kingdom
EducationKing's College, Taunton
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge (BA, PhD)
Known forPulsars
Marjorie Richards (m. 1950)
Scientific career
FieldsRadio astronomy
ThesisThe fluctuations of galactic radio waves (1952)
Doctoral studentsJocelyn Bell Burnell[1]

He was also awarded the Eddington Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1969.[3][4]


  1. Bell, Susan Jocelyn (1968). The Measurement of radio source diameters using a diffraction method (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. doi:10.17863/CAM.4926. EThOS  
  2. István, Hargittai (2007) [2002]. The road to Stockholm : Nobel Prizes, science, and scientists. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198607857. OCLC 818659203.
  3. Hewish, A (1975). "Pulsars and High Density Physics". Science (published 13 June 1975). 188 (4193): 1079–1083. Bibcode:1975Sci...188.1079H. doi:10.1126/science.188.4193.1079. PMID 17798425.
  4. "Antony Hewish". 2006. Retrieved 16 December 2015.