Francis Graham-Smith Academic

Francis graham smith

Sir Francis Graham-Smith (born 25 April 1923) is a British astronomer. He was the thirteenth Astronomer Royal from 1982 to 1990. He was educated at Rossall School, Lancashire, England. In the late 1940s he worked at the University of Cambridge on the Long Michelson Interferometer. In 1964 he was appointed Professor of Radio Astronomy at Manchester and in 1981 director of the Royal Astronomy Laboratory. He was also director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory from 1975 to 1981. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1970 and was awarded their Royal Medal in 1987. He was president of the Royal Astronomical Society from 1975 to 1977. Sir Francis Graham-Smith is a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association and is a patron of Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society.

Personal details

Date of birth
April 25th, 1923
United Kingdom


1. Rossall School Independent school

Rossall School is a British, co-educational, independent school, between Cleveleys and Fleetwood, Lancashire. Rossall was founded in 1844 by St. Vincent Beechey as a sister school to Marlborough College which had been founded the previous year. Its establishment was "to provide, at a moderate cost, for the sons of Clergymen and others, a classical, mathematical and general education of the highest class, and to do all things necessary, incidental, or conducive to the attainment of the above objects." Along with Cheltenham, Lancing and Marlborough, Rossall was part of a flurry of expansion in education during the early Victorian period. These schools were later complemented by others such as Clifton, Wellington, Malvern and Radley.

Type Independent school
Rossall, FY7 8JW - Fleetwood, Lancashire
Official web page
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

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Written work


Editions Subjects Co-authors
1971. at New York City (350 pages)
1988. at New York City (320 pages)

2.Optics and photonics

Editions Subjects Co-authors
2000. at New York City (439 pages)


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