Interesting questions, spurred by a recent announcement that Jodrell Bank (yes, it's still there) is hosting a 'moon-lander' fraud in March 2015.
Bit of background: Bernard Lovell 1913-2012.
Physics degree of some sort from Bristol University.
1937: joined Prof. Blackett's research team at Manchester.
1939: (Lovell then 25). First book Science and Civilization, No 63 in a series called 'Discussion Books' published by Thomas Nelson. Mostly by obscure authors, Bernard Lovell, Barbara Ward, R B Cattell, Philip Leon [Plato] are there. Gordon East, LSE lecturer, 'The Geography Behind History' is a 1938 title.
[Endnote says: Sir John Slessor to George Brown 17.5.63 in 'George-Brown papers', urging against appointment of Blackett as Scientific Adviser at the Ministry of Defence, upon the ground.. disastrous effect on Anglo-American defence policy relations, undermining scientific cooperation with the US in the defence field.' (Impossible to tell Slessor's exact wording)]
He got on much better with Wilson.. delighted with the outcome of the Leadership contest..
It was a mark of Wilson's seriousness.. that he gave Crossman, who might have expected something better [sic], the science portfolio. .. [Wilson said] it was now a major job, linked to 'advanced socialist planning'. .. Crossman's .. team included Judith Hart.. throughout the summer she toured campuses.. 'University people were very co-operative and on our side. That was the background of Harold's 1963 Scarborough speech.'
.. Blackett set about creating .. sub-groups.. including the Provost of King's, Noel Annan, the physicist Vivian Bowden and the scientific publisher.. Robert Maxwell. .. Wilson absorbed the doctrine .. 'that you can get sensational results from Government assistance in private sectors of science, through the N R D C ['National Research and Development Corporation] and developing contracts'. [Endnotes add that Blackett 'also advised Crossman on defence and disarmament issues' (to what extent, characteristically, isn't revealed) and Lovell is the source for the statement about sensational results.] [Ben Pimlott, Harold Wilson 1992]
1946: Lovell set up equipment to broadcast and receive radio waves; radar, in fact. Reported to have detected meteors (which of course are usually small). University of Manchester made him Professor of Radio Astronomy in 1951.
Lovell’s 250-ft-diameter device proved its worth as the only telescope in the western hemisphere capable of tracking it [Sputnik 1]. [Website called Anatomy Liver]
1959: BBC Reith lectures on BBC radio, by Lovell: The Individual and the Universe
1959-1963: Reports of deaths of would-be astronauts proliferate, mostly of Russians. There were Senate Committee hearings. Then there were reports of US 'astronaut' deaths, not investigated officially.
1967: Pulsars discovered. Such is my scepticism I wouldn't be at all surprised if this was a PR stunt.
Nov 1968: Bernard Lovell said the project to travel round the moon was wasteful and silly, and dangerous. But, inconsistently, he went on to say the Russians were far ahead of the Americans and on the verge of achieving magnificent space feats. Even after Apollo 8 flight he said "My guess is that the Americans will be looking rather like small fry by the middle 1970s." Lovell also said the supposed 'rainbow bomb' didn't work properly (in e.g. Nukes in Space DVD).
1975? Lecture at Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. He said (my notes)
c. 1988: An 'astrologer' called Parker on a London radio show said Sir Bernard Lovell told him that he'd discovered he could water divine, but he couldn't tell that to his scientific colleagues.
c. 1998 Jodrell Bank has been used in conjunction with the Arecibo radio telescope as part of Project Phoenix, searching for extra-terrestrial radio sources.
Lovell's 1963 ventures to the USSR and Crimea are also troubling. His notes express surprise that cables seemed to be buried; suggesting he was duped with something like a stage set. Incidentally, he doesn't express surprise that the equipment was, presumably, copied from the west, probably via so-called Jews. He May have been an idealist of sorts: told that the west was capitalist, and the USSR not, he might, if ignorant of Jewish roles, have tended to favour the USSR. Indeed, predictions that the USSR would soon outstrip the USA were common throughout the period after 1917, the Jewish coup against Russia.
&nbso; The same puzzles and possibilities surround Blackett and Slessor: Blackett may have been a Jew or crypto-Jew; but he may have been a genuine humanitarian, who of course would have to be headed off by Jews. Maybe Slessor had that role?
Lovell sounds rather like Patrick Moore to me, gullible and naive, but pleased to be offered fame and fortune, and not scrupulous how this was retained. Lovell liked playing church organs and playing cricket; who knows that he may have been a Christian. Anyway: RIP, if you deserve it, Sir Bernard.