Lot 894: Ryle, Martin



2015-09-16 14:11:43

Lot 894: Ryle Martin: (1918-1984) English Astronomer. He Developed Revolutionary Radio Telescope And Was First To Observe Most Distant Galaxies In His Time. Astronomer Royal, And Nobel Prize For Physics In 1974, Being The First Nobel For Astronomical Research. A Fine T.L.S., Martin Ryle, One Page, Folio, Cambridge, 12Th May 1975, To Mr. Godward. Ryle Responds To His Correspondent'S Question On The Printed Stationery Of The Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory, Canedish Laboratory, Cambridge, And States '…Yes. - I Think It Is Very Probable That There Are Planets Of Other Stars Which May Have Physical Conditions Suitable For The Development Of Life, And On Some Of These Life May Well Have Developed. At The Same Time The Chance Of One Being Near Enough To Us For Communication To Be Possible Must Be Rather Small.' And Continues 'What I Meant In The Letter To The Times By "Stellar Distance" Is An Approximate Figure For The Distance Of The Pulsars - I.E. Much Greater Than The Dimensions Of The Solar System, But Still Much Less Than The Dimensions Of The Galaxy. The Nearest Stars Are A Few Light-Years Away, - Corresponding To A Distance Of About 50 Million Million Miles.' A Very Interesting Content Letter. Accompanied By The Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory Leaflet Describing The Observatory. Together With An A.L.S., By Ryle'S Wife, Responding To Miss Walton That Her Husband Is Very Occupied And Cannot Reply To Her, Adding 'He Would Get No Work Done On Radio Astronomy, Or Nuclear Or Alternative Energy, If He Spent His Time Replying….He Does Like Simplicity..'. Ex, 3 International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction October 2015 Saturday, 3rd October 2015 Estimate: £100-150
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