Fred Hoyle: An Online Exhibition
Hoyle went on to work in a famous collaboration with Willy Fowler and Geoffrey and Margaret Burbidge to find a solution to the origin of the chemical elements. Their mammoth paper, ‘Synthesis of the elements in stars’ was published in Reviews of Modern Physics, (pp. 547-650) in 1957. With over 1300 citations it is Hoyle’s most frequently referenced paper.
Willy Fowler was a life-long stream-train enthusiast. This photograph shows Margaret Burbidge, Geoffrey Burbidge, Fowler and Fred Hoyle together at Fowler’s sixtieth birthday, in July 1971. He was presented with the model engine as a present for his birthday. ‘Synthesis of the elements in stars’ is universally referred to by scientists as B2FH (B-squared-F-H) in reference to the initials of the surnames of the four authors.
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