Elected: 1969
Discipline: Biomedical and Cognitive Sciences
Professor Richard Langton Gregory CBE FRS FRSE
Richard Langton Gregory was descended from a long line of academic Gregories. The first was the illustrious James Gregory of Aberdeen (1638-1675), who invented the Gregorian reflecting telescope and developed the calculus. Richard’s father, Christopher Clive Langton Gregory, was Director of the University of London Observatory at Mill Hill, and Richard retained the family interest in astronomy.

It is, of course, not enough to inherit good blood – one must also show achievements in one’s own lifetime. This Richard Gregory certainly did, making significant contributions over such diverse fields as the philosophy and psychology of perception, the design of instruments, and the popularisation of science for the general public. He was perhaps one of the last great Gentlemen of Science.

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