Thomas Gold. 22 May 1920 — 22 June 2004

Hermann Bondi

Elected FRS 1964

Abstract

Tommy (as he was invariably called by his numerous friends) Gold was a most unusual scientist in several respects. One of these is that at school and even as an undergraduate it never crossed his mind that he might become a professional scientist. Only a remarkable chain of events brought this about. He came from a very well–to–do family in Vienna. His father (who was Jewish, while his mother was not) was a hard–working senior director in a major industrial firm. Tommy admired him greatly. It seemed natural to Tommy that he would follow his father in business.