File: Radio Astronomy Planning Committee (Fleck Committee)

Scope and Content

The Committee was appointed by the Lord President of the Council in 1961 to investigate and make recommendations on the future of British radio-astronomy. It was chaired by Lord Fleck, and Lovell was a member; secretarial support was provided by DSIR. Both Lovell and Martin Ryle wrote important memoranda for the committee on future research programmes, and these included requests for major new investments in radio-astronomical equipment (there is correspondence between Lovell and Ryle on their respective proposals). The committee also considered potential radio astronomy work at Goonhilly Downs (GPO) and Malvern (Royal Radar Establishment). The Committee supported the construction a g a very large telescope (enacted as the Mark V project). It also ruled out creating a "National Centre" for radio-astronomy, confirming the leading roles for the universities of Manchester and Cambridge. The Fleck Report was published in 1965.

Related Material

See also JBA/JBM/1/2 and JBA/MKV/8/1-2.