David Robert Bates (1916–1994)
Article first published online: 19 OCT 2006
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 76, Issue 8, page 76, 21 February 1995
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1995), David Robert Bates (1916–1994), Eos Trans. AGU, 76(8), 76–76, doi:10.1029/95EO00037., and (
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David Robert Bates, a foremost space researcher whose professional accolades included knighthood by the British Crown for his contributions to science and education, was born in Omagh, Northern Ireland, and graduated in 1937 from Queen's University, Belfast. In 1939 he became a research student at University College, London. Here under the supervision of his mentor, Sir Harrie Massey, the doyen of British Space research, he developed his interest in the theory of atomic processes, which became the basis of his life's work. Like so many scientists of his generation, his talents were harnessed during World War II, his particular contribution being in the techniques of “degaussing” ships to protect them from magnetic mines. It was on his return to UCL that he and Massey carried out the pioneering work that gave a firm underpinning of atomic theory to upper atmosphere science.