Irish theoretical astrophysicist and mathematician who particularly studied the evolution of galaxies and planetary systems. He also considered the formation of molecules in interstellar matter and the composition of stellar atmospheres.
McCrea was born in Dublin and studied at Cambridge and in Germany at
Göttingen. He was professor of mathematics at Queen's University,
Belfast, 1936-44, and at the University of London 1945-66, when he was
appointed professor of theoretical astronomy at the University of Sussex.
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