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    who are the "famous" astronomers of the 21st century. i havent heard
    of many well known astronomers or astrophysicists.........yet.


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    Sitav wrote:
    Edwin Hubble, the guy the space telescope is named after.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_Hubble

    Carl Sagan has done more than any other individual scientist in history
    to make science and especially astronomy accessible and interesting to
    the general public.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Sagan


    Shawn

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    Sitav wrote:
    Oh, 21st century. Hmm, those other guys are dead.
    Neil deGrasse Tyson of Nova Now fame. Following in Sagan's footsteps as
    far as making science accessible.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_deGrasse_Tyson

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    Sitav wrote:

    Famous to whom? I'll never forget when I first started college I took a
    writing class. We had the assignment to write about someone famous. I
    chose to write about Sir William Herschel.

    In this class we all sat in a circle. The author read his/her paper
    while the rest of the class listened. Everyone was encouraged to offer
    critiques during the reading.

    When it came my turn I was pretty nervous. My very first sentence went
    something like, ".. the famous astronomer William Herschel..." Right
    away a woman spoke up (she no doubt had written about some pop star) and
    said, "How can he be famous, I've never heard of him!" The rest of the
    class looked at each other and agreed!

    Yet of course Herschel is one of the most famous astronomers of all
    time, most notably because he discovered Uranus, which put him among a
    very select few who could make such a claim.

    The problem, of course, was that the young college students in the class
    couldn't have named *any* famous astronomers, except perhaps Sagan.

    My point is that perhaps "famous" isn't really the right question. It
    relies too much on popular culture. Perhaps "noteworthy" would be better?

    As far as noteworthy astronomers go, I might suggest Geoffrey Marcy, who
    leads the pack in discovering the exoplanets.

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    Shawn wrote:

    Tyson is a featherweight compared to Sagan. His command of analogy is
    far inferior--that's a big difference, considering that well-constructed
    analogies are a great way to convey science to the general public.

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    Brian Tung wrote:

    Tyson has better graphics though. :-) The saddest part of the
    comparison is that there was a guy popularizing astronomy and science 25
    years ago, and there's a guy doing it now and Bill Nye for kids in
    between.



    Shawn

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    Shawn wrote:

    Hardly a ringing endorsement, I think. :-o


    I must be having trouble parsing this: What is sad about the thing you
    pointed out?

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    On 27 Jan 2007 15:28:16 -0800, "Sitav" <sitav_nabi@yahoo.com> wrote:


    We're not too far into the 21st Century, so in terms of major work done
    in the last five years, that would be hard to say. But there are many
    famous astronomers who have produced great work in the last 25 year or
    so, and remain active today:

    Alan Guth
    Stephen Hawking
    Kip Thorne
    Jocelyn Bell
    Roger Penrose

    Of course, most of these will probably be remembered in the long run as
    20th Century scientists. The most famous 21st Century astronomers are
    probably still in grade school.

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    Cloudbait Observatory
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    Shawn wrote:

    As a reporter, he's pretty darned good; as an explainer, he could use
    more depth.

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    Sitav wrote:

    The Century is technically only five (5) years old. What major
    astronomical work has come to light in the last five years and
    who are the players?

    When you say "famous", do you mean astronomers known to the "man
    on the street", those that have revolutionized our understanding
    of nature significantly, or some other criteria?

    Some to consider are
    o Mars Rover team
    o WMAP team
    o Late John Bahcall (Solar Neutrinos)

    Ask me in 95 years!



 

 
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