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Fifty Years of Quasars: A Symposium in Honor of Maarten Schmidt


9 - 10 September 2013


Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics


Pasadena, CA 91125



George Djorgovski

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Fifty years ago, the discovery of quasars transformed astronomy. Studies of quasars and other active galactic nuclei still are a major, vibrant, and developing part of astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology. This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this discovery, and honor Maarten Schmidt, whose insight into the nature of quasar spectra was a decisive milestone in the rise of this new field of research, in addition to his continued contributions ever since.  The meeting will consist of invited talks only, covering various aspects of the history and the current state of quasar research.