Official opening for Hull astrophysics centre

Published: Wednesday 21st October 2015 by The News Editor

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A new astrophysics centre at the University of Hull, named after a ground-breaking scientist who was born in the city, has been officially opened.

More than a dozen international researchers at the EA Milne Centre for Astrophysics are addressing questions that have been pondered by the human race since the dawn of time.

Members of Edward Arthur Milne’s family – including his daughter Meg Weston Smith — attended the official opening, having travelled from as far away as Australia to be there.

Other guests included representatives of the Royal Navy as well as the Royal Astronomical Society, which Milne was president of during World War II.

The physicist and mathematician was born in Hull in 1896 and went on to attend the city’s Hymers College before winning an open scholarship to study at Trinity College, Cambridge. He died in 1950 at the age of 54.

The centre is currently looking at everything from the physics of the sun to which parts of the Milky Way galaxy could be home to complex life forms.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Wednesday 21st October 2015 by The News Editor

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