Reporter 397, 17 February 1997


Philip Marsden

Professor Philip L Marsden died on January 11 1997 aged 72.

Philip Marsden joined Physics after graduating from Birmingham. He was promoted swiftly and in 1968 was awarded a personal chair which he held until his retirement in 1989.

His tremendous enthusiasm for physics and his organizational skills enabled him to build complex equipment for work in cosmic ray physics, early European scientific satellites, scientific balloons and the development of radiation detectors for astronomy. He also played a major role in the international team which developed an astronomical infra-red satellite in the early 1980s.

Professor Marsden revelled in a 'hands-on approach' and was twice chairman of the Department and played active roles on many of the University's research councils. He took a delight in teaching and fostered a successful undergraduate course in astrophysics.
Dr William K. Griffiths
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