Fred Hoyle (C/N)

Sir Fred Hoyle (June 24th, 1915 – August 20th, 2001) was an English astronomer famously know for his theory of stellar nucleosynthesis and his often controversial stances on other scientific matters, notably his rejection of the “Big Bang” theory, a term he originally coined on BBC radio. Hoyle was also a writer of science fiction, including several books co-written with his son Geoffrey Hoyle. He died in Bournemouth, England, after a series of strokes, at age eighty-six.

While observing the Procompsognathus fax, Ellie Sattler recalls how astronomer Fred Hoyle has claimed that a fossil winged dinosaur on display at the British Museum, Archaeopteryx, was a fraud, although it was later shown to be genuine.