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Steven Rawlings

Steve Rawlings at the SKADS Conference in Limelette, Belgium, 4 November 2009

Steven Gregory Rawlings (11 October 1961 – 11 January 2012) was an astrophysicist at the University of Oxford, where he held a Professorship in Astrophysics and a Fellowship at St Peter's College. He studied Physics and Theoretical Physics at St John's College, Cambridge and received his PhD in Radio Astronomy in 1988. He was one of the lead scientists in the Square Kilometre Array project.[1]

Rawlings died at the home of his close friend and colleague Dr Devinder Sivia, a lecturer in Mathematics for the Sciences at St John's College, on 11 January 2012.[2][3] The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.[4] Sivia and Rawlings co-wrote the book Foundations of Science Mathematics, published in 1999 by Oxford University Press.[5]

On 27 August 2013, the LOFAR radio telescope station at Chilbolton Observatory was named The Rawlings Array in his honour.[6]


  1. ^ Mark Damazer (12 January 2012). "Professor Steve Rawlings". St Peter's College, Oxford. Archived from the original on 16 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  2. ^ John F. Burns (13 January 2012). "Death of Oxford Astrophysicist Evokes Echoes of a TV Drama for the British". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Caroline Davies; Robert Booth & Jeevan Vasagar (13 January 2012). "Oxford professor Steven Rawlings's wife says his death was 'tragic accident'". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Oxford University's Steven Rawlings 'died after headlock'". The BBC. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  5. ^ Foundations of Science Mathematics. Oxford University Press catalogue entry.
  6. ^ The Rawlings Array. Report 27-Aug-2013