Alfred Fowler CBE FRS
(1868-1940)

Died aged c. 72

Alfred Fowler, CBE FRS (22 March 1868, in Yorkshire – 24 June 1940) was an English astronomer. He was born in Wilsden on the outskirts of Bradford, Yorkshire and educated at London's Normal School of Science, which was later absorbed into Imperial College, London. He was appointed Instructor (later Assistant Professor) of Astrophysics at Imperial College and worked there until his death. He was an expert in spectroscopy, being one of the first to determine that the temperature of sunspots was cooler than that of surrounding regions. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1910, when his citation read "Associate of the Royal College of Science. Assistant Professor of Physics (Astrophysics Department) Imperial College and Technology, South Kensington. Distinguished for his contributions to Astronomical Physics by spectroscopic observations of eclipses, solar pre-eminences, and sunspots, and by experimental researches bearing on their interpretation. Associated in observations of total eclipses of the sun with Sir Norman Lockyer in 1893, 1896, 1898, 1900, and (with Prof Callendar) in 1905. "He was awarded their Royal Medal in 1918 and delivered their Bakerian Lectures in 1914 and 1924. Fowler was president of the Royal Astronomical Society from 1919 to 1921 and died in Ealing, London in 1940.

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Alfred Fowler CBE FRS 1868-1940 astrophysicist was born in a cottage at the bottom of Wilsden either on Moss Row or close by

Moss Row, Wilsden, United Kingdom where they was born near (1868)