Honorary Graduate, 11 July 2013 11am – Professor Ken Pounds

Posted by uatemp13 at Jul 11, 2013 09:45 AM |
Emeritus Professor of Space Physics known for his discovery of black holes

Professor Pounds is a well distinguished astronomer known for his discovery of black holes during his research in the area of active galaxies.

He was a member of the Science and Engineering Research Council; President of the Royal Astronomical Society; and was seconded as the first Chief Executive of the newly formed Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council.

Pounds became Deputy Director of Space Research in 1967, and was one of the pioneers of using rockets and satellites for research in the UK. He became first Director of the X-ray Astronomy group in 1974.

In 1973, he became Professor of Space Physics at the University of Leicester and was appointed Head of the Department of Physics in 1986. The following year he took the decision to merge with the Astronomy department to create the present Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Professor Pounds was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1981, and appointed a CBE in 1984.

Professor Ken Pounds will be made a Distinguished Honorary Fellow at this week’s Graduation Ceremony on Thursday 11 July 2013.