British astronomer Bernard Lovell left 'immense' legacy (+video)
The pioneering British astronomer and physicists Bernard Lovell, who died Monday, created the only telescope in the West that could track Sputnik.
PioneeringÂ BritishÂ physicist andÂ astronomerÂ BernardÂ LovellÂ has died.Â
The University of Manchester, whereÂ LovellÂ was Emeritus Professor of Radioastronomy, says he died Monday.
LovellÂ was founder of England's Jodrell Bank Observatory and creator of itsÂ LovellÂ radio telescope.
When completed in 1957, it was the largest telescope in the world, and immediately became famous for tracking the rocket carrying the Soviet Union's Sputnik â€” the world's first artificial satellite â€” into orbit.
The telescope â€” which remains in use today â€” was the only instrument in the West able to track the beachball-sized metal ball's booster rocket through radar.
The observatory said Tuesday thatÂ LovellÂ had left an "immense" legacy.
He is survived by four of his five children, 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.