Peter Sweet

Biography of Peter Sweet

Peter Sweet
Peter Sweet

Peter Alan Sweet (1921-2005) was Regius Professor of Astronomy at the University from 1959 until 1982. He was Dean of the Faculty of Science from 1973 until 1975.

Sweet studied at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and worked as a Junior Scientific Officer at the Ministry of Aircraft Production from 1942 to 1945. He came to Glasgow in 1947 as a lecturer in Astronomy and was then Assistant Director of the Observatory at the University of London from 1952 until his appointment to the Glasgow Chair.

Under Sweet's guidance, the Astronomy Department increased from three to seven permanent members of staff. The University Observatory was relocated to Garscube Road, where it opened in 1967, and the department was relocated to the top floor of the new Mathematics Building in University Gardens, after a spell in temporary premises in Ashton Road.


Peter Sweet

Born 15 May 1921.
Died 16 January 2005.
University Link: Faculty Dean, Professor
GU Degree:
Occupation categories: astronomers
Record last updated: 21st Apr 2017

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