Honouring a hero
Dr Benjamin Abeles, a physicist whose research in the 1960s in the USA led to the technology used to power space probes such as the Voyager spacecraft. He grew up in Austria and Czechoslovakia, arriving in the UK in 1939 on one of the ‘Winton trains’. He completed his education after the war in Czechoslovakia and Israel (from 1949), obtaining a doctorate in physics. He then lived and worked as a research physicist in the USA, retiring in 1995. His honours include the 1979 Stuart Ballantine Medal and his induction into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame (1991). He has three children and three grandchildren.