Celebration of the legacy of Godfrey Stafford (1920-2013)
6 February 2014
On 23 January at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), more than 200 people gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of former IOP president Godfrey Stafford, who was director of the laboratory from 1969 till 1981, and who died last July at the age of 93.
Stafford was one of the leaders in the creation of the laboratory, and in the diversification of its role to meet the evolving needs of Big Science. He worked in partnership with other directors in the interests of laboratories around the world, including CERN, where he was highly regarded and held several important positions including chair of the Scientific Policy Committee (1978-80). His obituary was published in the November 2013 issue of the CERN Courier and in the member news section of the IOP's website.
During this celebratory event, speakers described the evolution of several of the scientific areas that have grown and flourished at RAL since the pioneering work of Stafford and his colleagues, notably particle physics, science with high power lasers, renewable energy, space science and technology, and science with beams of neutrons and x-rays. There was also an entertaining series of short contributions from the audience. Video coverage of the event, photographs of historical interest, and photos taken at the event itself, can be found at https://indico.cern.ch/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=298115