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- 1923 - 2007
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Biographical / Historical
His varied career has included: work as Temporary Experimental Officer for the Admiralty (1942-45); Assistant Lecturer in Mathematics, Cambridge University (1945-48), Lecturer (1948-54); Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge (1943-49, 1952-54); Professor of Mathematics King's College, London (1954-); Director General of ESRO (1967-71); Chief Scientific Advisor to the Ministry of Defence (1971-77); Chief Scientist for the Dept of Energy (1977-80); Chairman and Chief Executive of NERC (1980-84); Research Associate (1951); and later Visiting Professor of Cornell University (1960).
From 1983-1990 Professor Bondi was Master of Churchill College, Cambridge and continued as a Fellow of the College.
His honours have included: KCB 1973; FRS 1959; FRAS; Einstein Society Gold Medal (1983); Gold Medal of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (1988); the G.D. Birla International Award for Humanism (1990); the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (2002).
Publications range from "The Steady State Theory of the Expanding Universe" (with Professor Thomas Gold) in the 1940s, "The Universe at Large" 1961, "Relativity and Common Sense" 1964, "Assumption and Myth in Physical Theory" in 1968 (with Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw), editor of The Universe Unfolding in 1998, as well as various articles in the humanist press. Professor Bondi's autobiography, "Science, Churchill and me" was published in 1990.
Sir Hermann died on 10 September 2005, aged 85.
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Additional information to help with cataloguing was received from Paula Halson in 2012, including that Bondi's children often referred to their parents as Hermann and Christine. Further information was received from Wolfgang Rindler in 2013 to help with cataloguing Bondi's notebooks (section 21).
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