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Remembering Michael Woolfson (1927 to 2019)

Posted on 15 January 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Professor Michael Woolfson.

Michael was Emeritus Professor in the Department of Physics. Michael served as Head of the Department of Physics from 1982 to 1987.

Michael made huge contributions in the area of X-ray crystallography, with his interpretive computer packages responsible for almost half the crystal structures determined by the world community in the 1980s.

In addition to this, he had a keen interest in planetary science and the origins of the Solar System. In recognition of his work, Michael was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1984 and awarded the prestigious Hughes Medal in 1986.

Professor Michael Woolfson, MA (Oxon), PhD, DSc (Manchester), CPhys, FRAS, FInstP, FRS.