Vincent Cartledge Reddish was born in 1926 in the town of Leigh, then in Lancashire, and grew up in Culcheth where Vincent attended the local grammar school, which he left in 1941. His scientific career did not begin immediately and during the next few years he worked at a bank, joined the Navy, then attended Wigan Technical College where he obtained a degree in physics. His astronomical career was launched in 1952, when he was accepted for a PhD at University College London, producing a thesis on “Star clusters in relation to stellar evolution” under CW Allen in 1954. He then began his long connection with Edinburgh, becoming a lecturer at the university.
He moved briefly to Manchester, joining up with Bernard Lovell at Jodrell Bank, and taking up an appointment at Manchester University in 1959, before his return to Edinburgh in 1962 as Principal Scientific Officer at the Royal Observatory. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1965 and further recognition came when in 1968 he was awarded a Doctorate of Science by the Senate of London University.
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