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Outstanding AAS Member Obituaries

Last Updated: 5 January 2021

The AAS/HAD Obituary Committee is responsible for commissioning and compiling obituaries for deceased members of the Society. These obituaries are published in the Bulletin of the AAS as a tribute and for the benefit of future historians of science. The committee depends entirely on our astronomical colleagues, including astronomy-department and observatory administrators, who knew the deceased, for help writing obituaries. Currently there are a number of recently and not-so-recently deceased AAS members for whom we lack written obituaries. Please take a moment to review the list of names, and contact Crystal Tinch ( if you’d be willing to write an obituary for a former colleague and member. Thank you!

Backer, Donald
Bignani, Giovanni F.
Burbidge, Margaret
Catacosinos, Paul A.
Chamberlain, Joseph
Edward Chupp
Felten, James
Fitch, Walter S.
Fountain, John
Frost, Kenneth J.
Gebbie, Katherie B.
Giacconi, Riccardo
Gibbs, Michael G.
Gondolatsch, Friedrich Peter Max
Gordon, Kurtiss J.
Gould, Robert J.
Greeley, Ronald
Greyber, Howard D.
Guttman, Paul H.
Haddock, Fred T.
Hansen, J. Richard
Horak, Henry George
Juda, Michael
Kennedy, Hans D.
Kent, Jack T.
Klemola, Arnold
Koch, David G.
Kohman, Truman P.
Kowal, Charles T.
Lawrence, John K.
Legg, Thomas H.
Lin, Robert P.
Lucy, Leon
Maffei, Paolo
Margarve, Thomas E.
Marlborough, John Michael
McClintock, Jeffrey
Melosh, H. Jay
Merilan, Michael Preston
Mishchenko, Michael I.
Mitalas, Romas
Namba, Osamu
Nelson, Jerry
Neukum, Gerhard
Ostro, Steven J.
Pauls, Thomas A.
Pecker, Jean-Claude
Peregrine, David S.
Pomerantz, Martin
Ptak, Roger L.
Raimond, Ernst
Rakos, Karl D.
Rasool, S. Ichtiaque
Richards, Mercedes T.
Roberts, George
Rodman, James P.
Roemer, Elizabeth
Rouse, Carl A.
Rubin, Robert H.
Ruffle, Paul M.
Sargent, Wallace L. W.
Schiffmacher, Edward R.
Shorthill, Richard W.
Steinlin, Uli
Steiner, João Evangelista
Sternglass, Ernest J.
Stone, Sydney N.
Svestka, Zdenek
Tebbe, Paul
Thompson, Michael J.
Tooper, Robert F.
Tueller, Jack
Upton, Edward Key Lloyd
Van Steenberg, Michael E.
Varadi, Ferenc
Walborn, Nolan
Warwick, James Walter
Weekes, Trevor C.
Whitaker, Ewen
Whitney, Charles
Wilson, James R.
Wolfe, Arthur M.
Wolstencroft, Ramon D.
Wood, H. John III
Woodgate, Bruce
Young, Arthur
Zelle, Joseph
Zapolsky, Harold S.
Zombeck, Martin V.