Mysterious Death of Leading Oxford Astrophysicist


Caroline Davies and Robert Booth
Guardian

January 13, 2012

Academics have said they are stunned by the sudden death of the Oxford professor Steven Rawlings, 50, at the home of a colleague.

His friend and colleague Devinder Sivia, 49, a lecturer in mathematics for sciences at Oxford University who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder, was released on police bail on Friday and detectives said the death may be “a matter for a coroner’s inquest rather than a criminal court”.

… He was a world-renowned expert and one of the lead scientists in the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, which will be the world’s largest radio telescope.

Professor Roger Davies, head of the astrophysics department at Oxford, the post Rawlings held for five years until 2010, said: “We are all stunned. The impact of his death is going to be felt very widely.

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