THOMAS HARVEY has been accepted as a Fellow of ,the Royal Astronomical Society:
Studying astrophysics at the University of Soiithampton, he plans to spend his final year at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics in. Boston, USA. . .
Nominated in July by another fellow, his mentor the late David Le Conte, he said the announcement was bittersweet.
At the. age of 16 Mr Harvey joined La Societe’s astronomy section, where Mr Le Conte was central, and has helped out as much as possible by hosting events, lectures, media interviews and open days plus operating telescopes.
‘I was excited to hear I had been accepted,’ Mr Harvey said.
‘However it was a bit bittersweet because David Le Conte, who nominaed me, passed away in August. He wrote some very kind things in his nomination. It is sad I ean’t leLhim know that I was accepted.