Institute of Theoretical Astronomy
Sketch Plan of the IoTA Building
Hoyle’s sketched plan for the design of the IoTA building, c. 1965. Hoyle took great care over many of the details of the building, including specifying that it should have a wide, carpeted corridor in which staff could pace up and down to think without disturbing others. Construction began in August 1966, and IoTA was opened the next year, with Hoyle its first director. The programme of conferences, summer visits from eminent overseas researchers, and the state-of-the-art IBM 360/44 computer brought IoTA a world-class reputation.
Threatened Resignation | Sketch of the IoTA building | Opening Speech | The New Building | Final Resignation