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Sir Fred Hoyle

Sir Fred Hoyle (1915-2001) was a UK astronomer and writer, famed in the former capacity for his maverick views on many subjects, including a long-held advocacy of the Steady State Universe theory that the Universe had been in a state of constant creation for ever, a concept replaced after much acrimony by the universally preferred Big Bang theory advocated by George Gamow and others (Hoyle in fact coined the term "Big Bang", though disparagingly). A possible consequence of his combative attitude towards theory and his colleagues was the apparent weariness which afflicted him in 1973, the year of his knighthood, when he resigned his posts at Cambridge University as Plumian professor of Astronomy and experimental philosophy, and as director of the Cambridge Institute of Theoretical Astronomy, which he had founded. Though he held other substantial positions, he did at this time much increase the rate of his writing, both fiction and nonfiction. Earlier, his first nonfiction (and first book altogether), The Nature of the Universe (1950), had eloquently popularized his Cosmology in 1950s terms, as did what is possibly his most important popularization, Frontiers of Astronomy (1955); later works, like Astronomy and Cosmology (1975), Astronomy Today (1975) and The Universe According to Hoyle (1982), aggressively updated those arguments . . .

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