Obituaries Listing

Obituaries of Society members are published as a tribute and for future historians of science. The Vice-Chair of the Historical Astronomy Division (HAD) is responsible for commissioning and compiling the obituaries. We depend entirely on the network of astronomical colleagues, including astronomy department and observatory administrators, for notification when an astronomer has died.

To inform us of the death of an astronomer or to volunteer to write the obituary of a colleague please complete the Obituary Submission Form or contact the current HAD Vice-Chair or Crystal Tinch.

Oct 30, 2019

Gustav Andreas Tammann

Gustav Tammann died on Sunday the 6th of January 2019. Gustav Andreas Tammann, a pillar of 20th century astrophysics, has passed away at the age of 86. During his long and successful astronomical career, he made seminal contributions to extragalactic astrophysics and cosmology. He is best known for his work…

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Oct 30, 2019

Peter Abrahams

Peter Abrahams passed away on Sunday the 4th of March 2018. Peter was born on March 19, 1955, in Los Angeles, California, graduated from Reed College in 1977 with a major in English, and lived afterwards in Portland, Oregon. Peter was an internationally recognized expert on the history of telescopes…

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Oct 30, 2019

Alexei M. Khokhlov

Alexei M. Khokhlov died on Saturday the 4th of May 2019. Alexei Moisseyevich Khokhlov was born in Moscow on April 22, 1954. He died at age 65 from complications related to treatments for esthesioneuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer. Alexei’s parents were prominent physicists, Vera L. Khokhlova and Moissey Z.…

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Oct 30, 2019

Hollis Ralph Johnson

Hollis R. Johnson died on Monday the 15th of April, 2019. The astronomical community will remember Hollis R. Johnson not only for the excellence of his groundbreaking research but also for his personal warmth and enthusiasm. Through his kindness and wisdom, he made everyone around him better people, as well…

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Oct 30, 2019

Thomas Edgar Ingerson

Thomas Ingerson died on Thursday the 8th of August, 2019. Tom Ingerson was born on May 30, 1938. He died from Alzheimer’s disease on August 8, 2019, at the age of 81. Tom graduated from High School in El Paso, Texas, attended the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated with…

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Oct 30, 2019

Matthias Dietrich

Matthias Dietrich died on Thursday the 19th of July, 2018. Matthias Dietrich passed away at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer. He was born on 19 May 1962 and was raised in Eschwege, Germany. He obtained his Ph.D. at the Universität Göttingen in 1991 under Prof.…

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Oct 12, 2019

Lodewijk Woltjer

Lodewijk Woltjer died on Sunday the 25th of August 2019. The AAS Obituary Committee is responsible for commissioning and compiling the obituaries. To volunteer to write the obituary of a colleague please contact the current Vice-Chair of the Historical Astronomy Division at hadv-c@aas.org.

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Oct 12, 2019

José Flores Velázquez

José Flores Velázquez died on Wednesday the 14th of August 2019. The AAS Obituary Committee is responsible for commissioning and compiling the obituaries. To volunteer to write the obituary of a colleague please contact the current Vice-Chair of the Historical Astronomy Division at hadv-c@aas.org.

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Oct 12, 2019

Carl A. Bauer

Carl Bauer died on Monday the 12th of August 2019. The AAS Obituary Committee is responsible for commissioning and compiling the obituaries. To volunteer to write the obituary of a colleague please contact the current Vice-Chair of the Historical Astronomy Division at hadv-c@aas.org.

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Oct 12, 2019

Daniel A. Klinglesmith

Daniel Klinglesmith died on Saturday the 27th of July 2019. The AAS Obituary Committee is responsible for commissioning and compiling the obituaries. To volunteer to write the obituary of a colleague please contact the current Vice-Chair of the Historical Astronomy Division at hadv-c@aas.org.

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