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 11, 2019

Louise Gray Young

Louise Gray Young, longtime researcher of spectral absorption properties of planetary atmospheres, died in San Diego, California, on 2 March 2018 at the age of 82. Born on 4 October 1935 in Los Angeles, California, to Frank Dillon of Arizona and Ruth Davis of Michigan, Young received her B.S. (1958)…

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Oct 11, 2019

Nolan R. Walborn

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 11, 2019

Bradford A. Smith

Portrait photo: [NASA/JPL/Caltech (1971)] A personal remembrance by Carolyn Porco. Bradford Adelbert Smith, planetary astronomer best known as the lead imaging scientist on the Voyager mission who guided the world during the 1980s on a visual odyssey across the outer solar system, passed away peacefully at his home in Santa…

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Oct 11, 2019

James C. LoPresto

James Charles LoPresto, longtime solar researcher based at Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, passed away on 8 October 2018 after a long illness. Born on 25 June 1940 to the late Charles and Jessie (Bellomo) LoPresto in Jamestown, New York, and a 1958 graduate of Jamestown High School, LoPresto obtained…

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Oct 11, 2019

Ronald A. Schorn

Ronald Anthony Schorn was born on February 5, 1935, and was raised in Oak Park and Chicago, Illinois. He attended Loyola University and graduated in 1956 with an honors degree in physics; he minored in chemistry and math. He then earned a master’s degree in nuclear physics at the University…

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Oct 11, 2019

Andrea Milani

Andrea Milani, Professor at the University of Pisa, passed away suddenly on 28 November 2018, at age 70. Born in Florence, Italy, on 19 June 1948, Milani became a major figure in the celestial mechanics community, as recognized by the Division on Dynamical Astronomy of the AAS, which named him…

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Oct 11, 2019

Riccardo Giacconi

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 . Additional links: http://chandra.si.edu/press/18_releases/press_121218.html

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Oct 11, 2019

Nancy Grace Roman

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 . Additional links: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/nancy-grace-roman-astronomer-celebrated-as-mother-of-hubble-dies-at-93/2018/12/28/88f7fe94-0a4c-11e9-88e3-989a3e456820_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.af112bbe180b

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Oct 11, 2019

Jay T. Bergstralh

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 11, 2019

Robert L. Gent

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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