Sir Richard van der Riet Woolley
(1906-1986)

11th Astronomer Royal (1956-1971) and Knight Bachelor (from 1963)

Died aged c. 80

Sir Richard van der Riet Woolley OBE FRS (24 April 1906 – 24 December 1986) was an English astronomer who became Astronomer Royal. His mother's maiden name was Van der Riet.

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Sir Richard van der Riet Woolley 1906-1986 Eleventh Astronomer Royal lived, worked and studied the galaxy at this observatory 1956-1971

Observatory, Herstmonceux, United Kingdom where they lived , worked , and studied the galaxy