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Report of the General Board on the establishment of a Professorship of Cosmology and Astrophysics

The GENERAL BOARD beg leave to report to the University as follows:

1. In their Report, dated 11 July 2001 (Reporter, 2000-01, p. 1013), the General Board proposed, inter alia, the establishment of a Royal Society Professorship of Cosmology and Astrophysics for Sir Martin Rees, for the period 1 October 2001 until 30 September 2007. This recommendation was approved by Grace 5 of 30 January 2002. Professor Rees has held a Royal Society Research Professorship since 1 January 1992, prior to which he held the Plumian Professorship of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy from 1 October 1973.

2. Professor Rees will take up the Mastership of Trinity College from 15 January 2004 and will cease to hold his Royal Society Professorship from that date. However, the Council of Trinity College have generously offered to provide funding, similar to that provided hitherto by the Royal Society, to support a Professorial appointment for Professor Rees in place of the Royal Society Professorship during his tenure as Master. The proposal has the support of the Director of the Institute of Astronomy, to which the Professorship is currently assigned.

3. In the light of Professor Rees's long and highly distinguished contribution to the Institute of Astronomy, and the clear advantages to the University of continuing his formal association with the Institute, the General Board have agreed to support the proposal.

4. The Board accordingly recommend that a Professorship of Cosmology and Astrophysics be established from 15 January 2004, for the tenure of Professor Sir Martin Rees, placed in Schedule B of the Statutes, and assigned to the Institute of Astronomy.

3 December 2003ALISON RICHARD, Vice-ChancellorN. O. A. BULLOCKD. W. B. MACDONALD

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