His blinkered interest in double stars dates back to the late 1960s and a period at the Royal Greenwich Observatory (RGO) at Herstmonceux in 1970 when he was let loose on the 28-inch refractor only made it worse. Occasional and all-too-short periods of observing occurred until 1990 when the RGO moved to Cambridge and Bob along with it. The availability of the 8-inch refractor satisfied a long-desired need for regular observation which is still in progress today. Bob works at the Institute of Astronomy where he is responsible, amongst other things, for the distribution of archive data from the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes on La Palma, and where he spent a period as a support astronomer from 1984-1988. He is a member of Commission 26 (Double Stars) of the International Astronomical Union and an Editor of Observatory magazine. He is President of the Webb Society and has directed the Double Star Section since 1970.
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