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Fred Hoyle: An Online Exhibition

A History of Hoyle in 10 Objects

9: Controversial Hoyle and the Origins of Life

This photograph was taken in May 1957 at a study week on 'The problem of stellar population' organised by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Hoyle was not someone who would defer to anyone simply because they held a position of authority. He was committed to assessing ideas and theories according to their own individual merits, and was not afraid to question anything that he was told. This attitude sometimes led him into conflict and controversy.

Find out more: Hoyle's arguments with Martin Ryle.

Hoyle in 10 Objects: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

Hoyle meeting the Pope at a scientific meeting in Rome in 1957. Hoyle photographs.

Hoyle's Youth | Hoyle in Cambridge | Steady-State Universe | Stellar Nucleosynthesis | Hoyle vs Ryle | Institute of Theoretical Astronomy | Hoyle on the Radio | Hoyle the Writer | Hoyle the Polymath | Honours and Medals

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