Thursday, September 16, 2004

Goodbye James A. Westphal

Astronomer and former director of the Palomar Observatory James A. Westphal died on Wednesday at his home in Altadena, Calif. The 74 year old MacArthur Foundation winner is said to have died after a long illness. Described by collegues as a giant of astronomy, Mr. Westphal never got his PhD, yet made a significant contribution to our knowledge. He is greatly appreciated and will be missed.


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