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

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

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

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

Kenneth M. Flurchick

On 2 June 2018, Dr. Kenneth M. Flurchick passed away peacefully in his sleep in Greensboro, North Carolina, after bravely battling a long illness. Dr. Flurchick was born on 21 August 1951 in Paterson, New Jersey. He graduated with honors in mathematics from William Paterson College in Wayne, New Jersey…

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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

Erik Hauri

Carnegie Institution for Science geochemist Erik Harold Hauri, whose work upended our understanding of the Moon’s formation and the importance of water in Earth’s interior, died on 5 September 2018 in North Potomac, Maryland, following a battle with cancer. He was 52. Born in Waukegan, Illinois, on 25 April 1966,…

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Oct 11, 2019

Jean Kovalevsky

The following tribute by Francois Mignard, published 21 August 2018 on the European Space Agency’s Gaia website, is reprinted here with permission. Jean Kovalevsky, Astronomer Emeritus at the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, former chair of the Hipparcos FAST (Fundamental Astrometry by Space Techniques) consortium, and one of the key…

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Oct 11, 2019

Bernard F. Burke

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://carnegiescience.edu/news/bernard-burke-who-co-discovered-jupiter%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cvoice%E2%80%9D-dies-90

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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

Giorgio Palumbo

Giorgio Palumbo was born on September 1, 1939, in Torino (Turin), Italy, on the very day Hitler’s army invaded Poland.  In his memoires he writes, “I was born one morning when the Sun didn’t shine,” quoting a song from Tennessee Ernie Ford.  He died from injuries sustained in a car…

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