From Napier to Halley's Comet and back

Back in the 70s when Linda and I were kids running around the corridors of the Max Plank Institute waiting for dad to finish work, one of the attractions we'd stop and goggle at were glass display cases containing hand made models of satellites and various space-related gadgets, relating to actual space research projects that the Institute was involved in.

Joy has now obtained one of these models, the Giotto space probe. It is to become the annual award for academic achievement in Year 13 physics at Napier Boy's High School, where dad himself went to school.

Read the full story here. Photo by Duncan Brown, Hawke's Bay Tribune.


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# Robert
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 9:55 PM
There's a distinct lack of quacks on this side of the family, that's for sure. You should check the genealogy page here and see where you fit in. There are two separate Axford family trees, Erlestoke and Aberdeen. We're in the latter. Ian went to great lengths to gather the information here.
Pauline Axford
# Pauline Axford
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 8:44 AM
Hi there, I just stumbled upon this site and thought that you might be interested to know that I too am both and Axford and a Physicist. I wonder if there is a genetic tendency :) All the Axfords I know have strong inclinations towards science and engineering.

Anyway I just wanted to say how incredibly jealous I am that you got to run around the Max Planck Institute as children! What a wonderful place to spend your childhood.

Pauline Axford
# Linda
Friday, July 12, 2013 11:37 PM
running? you mean skateboarding....

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