Jo­drell Bank cre­ator shuf­fles off

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THE man who in­vented one of Bri­tain’s most pop­u­lar eu­phemisms for mas­tur­ba­tion has died aged 98.

As­tronomer and physi­cist Sir Bernard Lovell de­signed and built the Jo­drell Bank ra­dio tele­scope – which has been rhyming slang for a “w*nk” ever since it was erected in the Fifties.

Pro­fes­sor Brian Cox, who knew Sir Bernard, said he was “an in­quis­i­tive sci­en­tist all the way”.

A book of con­do­lence has been opened at the ob­ser­va­tory’s Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre.

Sir Bernard was born in Old­land Com­mon, Glos, in 1913 and stud­ied at the Bris­tol Univer­sity be­fore join­ing the Univer­sity of Manch­ester’s Depart­ment of Physics in 1936.


Fol­low­ing the war, he re­turned to the univer­sity and set about plan­ning the ob­ser­va­tory at the heart of the glo­ri­ous Cheshire coun­try­side.

His iconic 249ft tele­scope was com­pleted in 1957. Within days of it be­com­ing op­er­a­tional, it tracked the rocket that car­ried Sput­nik 1 into or­bit.

Bar­clays Bank and the J Arthur Rank As­so­ci­a­tion last night joined in the trib­utes.

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