Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Roy Worvill

Roy Worvill contributed an astronomy feature to Eagle entitled 'Look Aloft' which began on 5 March 1960.

Worvill is a rather uncommon name but has roots dating back to at least the 18th century in the Oxfordshire area which is where Roy Bernard Worvill was born in Chipping Norton on 9 May 1914. He contributed a number of books on astronomy to Ladybird Books in the 1960s and 1970s, often illustrated by Brian Knight and Bernard H. Robinson.

For many years he lived at Innisfree, The Leys, Chipping Norton. He died in Oxfordshire in November 2003, aged 89.

Exploring the Heavens, illus. John Dugan. Edingburgh & London, Oliver & Boyd, 1963.
Exploring Space, illus. Brian Knight. Loughborough, Wills & Hepworth, 1964; revised with illus. by Brian Knight & B. H. Robinson, 1970.
Sky and Stars, illus. Sally Mellersh; diag. John Payne. London, Ward Lock Educational Co., 1965.
Night Skies of the Year. An introduction to the science and folklore of the stars, diag. by Michael King. London, Kahn & Averill, 1968.
The Telescope and Microscope, illus. B. H. Robinson. Loughborough, Wills & Hepworth, 1971.
The Stars and Their Legends, illus. Robert Ayton. Loughborough, Ladybird Books, 1973.
Time, Caldendars and Clocks, illus. B. H. Robinson. Loughborough, Ladybird Books, 1973.
Telescope Making for Beginners, illus. Stephen Weston. New York, Orbiting Book Service, 1974.
The Radio Universe. An introduction to radio astronomy and outer space, illus. Stephen Weston. London, Kahn & Averill, 1977.
Stars and Telescopes for Beginners, illus. Stephen Weston. London, Kahn & Averill, 1979.


  1. I found a copy of 'Exploring Space' here in a second hand store a couple of years ago (West Coast US). I've been keeping it around to frame some of the art, so it was interesting to see Mr Worvill pop up on your blog, and nice to know some more about him. Thanks!

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