Remembering Wallace Sargent

Prototype of the Winterton 2022’s planned Wallace Sargent Sculpture

In 2013, Wallace Sargent who grew up in Winterton sadly passed away aged 77. At Winterton 2022 we want to pay tribute to Wallace, and plan to create a permanent sculpture in his memory.

Wallace Sargent was born in Elsham, but grew up in Winterton and studied at college in Scunthorpe before attending Manchester University. He was astronomer who analysed lightwaves to build a picture of our universe shortly after Big Bang; he also produced a vast photographic survey of the entire northern sky — cataloging 50 million galaxies and half a billion stars.

Wallace was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1977, and a fellow of the Royal Society in 1981. He sat on scientific committees, received numerous prizes and was elected to the American National Academy of Sciences in 2005. In 2006 Asteroid 11758 Sargent, was even named in his honour.

This is a sneak peak of the prototype of the sculpture that has been designed by local sculptor Michel Scrimshaw. The sculpture is currently in production and we are finalising where it will be homed. We hope you love it as much as we do!