Well known Coddenham resident Tom Boles has discovered more supernovae than any other person in history.
Tom is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a past President of The British Astronomical Association. He was awarded the Merlin Medal and the Walter Goodacre Award for his contribution to astronomy.
The International Astronomical Union named main-belt asteroid 7648, Tomboles in his honour. He has published many scientific papers on supernovae and written numerous articles for popular astronomy magazines. He has made many television appearances ranging from BBC’s Tomorrow’s World to The Sky at Night.
During recent years he has given Enrichment Lectures on astronomy aboard Cunard liners, mainly their flagship Queen Mary 2.During these trips he had designed and presented shows using the ship’s onboard planetarium.
His experience as an astronomer inspired this story.
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