Sir David Robert Bates. 18 November 1916—5 January 1994

@article{Dalgarno1997SirDR,
  title={Sir David Robert Bates. 18 November 1916—5 January 1994},
  author={Alexander Dalgarno},
  journal={Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society},
  year={1997},
  pages={49 - 71}
}
  • A. Dalgarno
  • Published 1 November 1997
  • Physics
  • Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society
David Robert Bates was an inspirational figure in the histories of atmospheric science and of atomic, molecular and optical physics. In his researches, each discipline was informed and enriched by his insights into the other. He drew deep connections between them in a creative interplay of innovative ideas. Together with Sir Harrie Massey, F.R.S., building on the work of Sydney Chapman, F.R.S., David Bates provided the first realistic description of the physics of the terrestrial ionosphere in…