Photograph by Geoffrey Hoyle
In 1972 Fred resigned from his various posts at Cambridge and sold the family house.
His decision did not indicate how their research might progress, if at all.
While Fred moved to the English Lake District, Chandra moved to the chair of Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics at University College, Cardiff. The new posting soon saw changes in both the name of the department and its composition. This sowed the seeds for a great future but upset many in the department, a situation that never resolved itself.
By 1973 Fred was now a “Professor at large” mostly doing his own thing, visiting Universities wherever and whenever it suited him. Chandra continued to collaborate and interact with Fred by means of phone calls, letters, faxes, and occasional visits and meetings. In 1974 Fred Hoyle was appointed a Visiting Professor at Cardiff, one of the few formal appointments he accepted after leaving Cambridge.