Reginald Lawson Waterfield

Reginald Lawson Waterfield (12 April 1900 – 10 June 1986 in Woolston) was a British hematologist known for his work in amateur astronomy. In particular astrometry and the photographing of comets. He served as Director of the British Astronomical Association Mars Section from 1931-1942 and its President from 1954-1956. After World War II he had to use a wheelchair due to polio.[1] He won the 1942 Jackson-Gwilt Medal[2] and 1645 Waterfield is, in part, named for him. The name also honours his cousin William Francis Herschel Waterfield.[3]

He was the son of Reginald Waterfield, a prominent teacher and clergyman.


  1. ^ British Astronomical Association page
  2. ^ Royal Astronomical Society page for Medallists of the Royal Astronomical Society Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Dictionary of Minor Planet Names by Lutz D. Schmadel, pg 127

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