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Robert F. Christy (1916 - 2012)

Robert F. Christy was unique and remarkable in many ways.

He was born May 14, 1916, and grew up as an orphan in Vancouver, Canada. He received the Governor General's Gold Medal as the top high school student in the province of British Columbia; this medal included a scholarship that enabled him to attend the University of British Columbia as an undergraduate. Thereafter, he stood out as a graduate student of Oppenheimer's in theoretical physics at Berkeley.

International Research Experience for US Graduate Students (IRES)

This program is administered by the National Solar Observatory (NSO), sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE), and is open to US graduate students in any discipline of astronomy or astrophysics who are US citizens or permanent residents, age 21 years or older, and have a passport.  The main goal of the program is to expose potential researchers to an international setting at an early stage in their careers.  The program will take place in Bangalore, India, under the auspices of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), a

Albert G. Wilson (1918 - 2012)

Albert George Wilson supervised the National Geographic Society-Palomar Observatory Sky Survey, directed the Lowell Observatory, and was the founding co-editor of Icarus. His discoveries included four dwarf galaxies in the Local Group, several supernovae, a comet, and at least five asteroids. His main interest, however, was theoretical cosmology, especially the idea of discretization.