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The Papers of Professor Antony Hewish

Reference Code: GBR/0014/HWSH

Scope and Contents

Comprising pulsar discovery charts; lecture notes, laboratory notebooks and logbooks, and correspondence and memorabilia, mainly about the award of the Nobel Prize.


  • Creation: 1949 - 2013


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Antony Hewish was born in Fowey, 11 May 1924, the son of Ernest William Hewish and Frances Grace Lanyon Pinch. He was educated at King's College, Taunton, and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He married Marjorie Elizabeth Catherine Richards in 1950, with whom he had one son and one daughter.

His undergraduate degree at Cambridge was interrupted by wartime service at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, and the Telecommunications Research Establishment, Malvern, where he first worked with Martin Ryle, 1943-6. Returning to Cambridge in 1946, he completed his undergraduate degree in 1948 and joined Martin Ryle's research group at the Cavendish Laboratory, obtaining his PhD in 1952.

He was a Research Fellow, 1952-4, and Fellow, 1955-61, of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge; a Lecturer, 1962-9, Reader, 1969-71, and Professor of Radioastronomy, 1971-89, at Cambridge University; and Director of the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory, 1982-8. He was also a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, 1962-2021.

In 1974, he and Martin Ryle were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, in recognition of their contribution to radioastronomy, including the discovery and identification of pulsars. His other honours include the Eddington Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1969; and the Hughes Medal of the Royal Society, 1977. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society, from 1968; a Professor of the Royal Institution, from 1977; and an Honorary Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, from 1976. Antony Hewish died on 13 September 2021.


15 archive box(es)

1 file(s)

1 disc(s)

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Other Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to Churchill Archives Centre in 1978 and 2013.

Related Materials

See also the papers of Professor Craig Mackay, GBR/0014/MISC 109.


This collection (fonds) level description and catalogue was prepared by Louise King of Churchill Archives Centre in June 2003 and updated by Sophie Bridges in July 2013. Biographical information was obtained from the websites of Who Was Who, Wikipedia, and

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Repository Details

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