Antony Hewish attends King's College Taunton.
Antony Hewish receives half of the Nobel prize in Physics along with Martin Ryle "for their pioneering research in radio astrophysics: Ryle for his observations and inventions, in particular of the aperture synthesis technique, and Hewish for "his decisive role in the discovery of pulsars".
Antony Hewish enters Cambridge University in 1942, but the following year he has to leave the college for wartime work. In 1946 he is back and he graduates in 1948.
After his BS, Hewish joins Ryle's research team at the Cavendish Laboratory, where he earns his Ph.D. Hewish becomes very interested in radio astronomy, the branch of astronomy that uses radio waves to detect objects in space. He works on the scintillation—twinkling—of radio stars, powerful masses of energy in space that emit radio waves rather than light waves. He uses this scintillation to measure the height and dimensions of plasma clouds, collections of charged particles in the ionosphere.
Antony Hewish is engaged in war service at the Telecommunications Research Establishment. Here he works with Martin Ryle and he gets involved with working on airborne radar-counter-measure devices.
Antony Hewish is appointed head of the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory.
Antony Hewish is engaged in war service at the Royal Aircraft Establishment.
In 1956 Antony Hewish conceives and obtains the founds to build a dipole antenna (the Interplanetary Scintillation Array) to study the solar winds and determine which stars are quasars. In 1967 while working under Martin Ryle at Cambridge's Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory, using his antenna, Hewish determines that a pattern of enigmatic radio pulses, noticed by graduate student Jocelyn Bell Burnell, is evidence of a previously-unknown class of stars, now known as pulsars or neutron stars.
Antony Hewish is appointed Director of Studies in Physics at Churchill College. Then, he becomes University Lecturer in the period 1961-1969, Reader from 1969 to 1971 and Professor of Radio Astronomy from 1971 until his retirement in 1989.
Since 1952 to 1954 Antony Hewish becomes a Research Fellow at Gonville and Caius College, then he is appointed Assistant Director of research until 1961.
Antony Hewish is born in Fowey, the youngest of three sons of Ernest Hewish, a banker, and his wife Frances.