J. A. Ratcliffe

Physicist, Astronomer

1902 – 1987

 Credit ยป
57

Who was J. A. Ratcliffe?

John Ashworth Ratcliffe, FRS, "JAR or Jack", was an influential British radio physicist.

He and his University of Cambridge group did much pioneering work on the ionosphere, immediately prior to World War II. He was one of many leading radio scientists who worked at the Telecommunications Research Establishment during WW2. Martin Ryle, Bernard Lovell and Antony Hewish were co-workers there, and Ryle and Hewish joined his radio-physics group at Cambridge after WW2. He was elected to the Royal Society in 1951.

In 1953 Ratcliffe was invited to deliver the Royal Institution Christmas Lecture on The Uses of Radio Waves.

He served as President of the Institution of Electrical Engineers from 1966 to 1967.

From 1960 to 1966 he was Director of the Radio & Space Research Station at Slough.

Ratcliffe was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1976.

We need you!

Help us build the largest biographies collection on the web!

Born
Dec 12, 1902
Bacup
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Education
  • University of Cambridge
Died
Oct 25, 1987
Cambridge

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

Citation

Use the citation below to add to a bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"J. A. Ratcliffe." Biographies.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 7 Oct. 2022. <https://www.biographies.net/people/en/j_a_ratcliffe>.

Discuss this J. A. Ratcliffe biography with the community:

0 Comments

    Browse Biographies.net