Desmond King-Hele

Desmond King-Hele (1927-), mathematician, spent his career at RAE Farnborough where he worked on guided weapons and the analysis of satellite orbits. He made important contributions to understanding the Earth's gravity field and upper atmosphere by analysis of satellite orbits and served as Chairman of the Royal Society’s Satellite Optical Tracking Committee between 1972 and 1997. During his career hepublished books on both satellite tracking and literature and continued his writing career in retirement, becoming a noted expert on Erasmus Darwin as well as writing poetry.

  • Birth name Desmond King-Hele
  • Born 1927 Sussex, UK
  • Occupation Mathematician
  • Disciplines Atmospheric Science
  • Education Trinity College, University of Cambridge

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