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Jeno N. Barnothy (1904 - 1996)

Jeno Barnothy, an outstanding pioneer of cosmic ray research and noted astrophysicist, died on 11 October 1996 at the age of 92 in Evanston, Illinois. He was born on 28 October 1904 in Kassa, Hungary (now Slovakia) and received his PhD in 1939 at the Peter Pazmany (now Loránd Eötvös) University, Budapest, Hungary. He was awarded of merit of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1939 and the Eötvös Order in 1948.

Robert J. Wood (1916 - 1992)

On May 1, 1992, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy Robert J. Wood died suddenly at age 75. Central Florida lost one of its great teachers of astronomy. He was the designer of Astronaut Hall and the professor of astronomy at Brevard Community college, Cocoa, Florida. Many thousands of students in the Cape Canaveral area went through his famous classes from 1964 until his retirement in 1984.

Clayton Albert Smith (1934 - 1993)

After a long fight against prostatic cancer, Clayton A. Smith died on May 27th, 1993. His illness was first diagnosed in the early 1980’s, but a combination of his otherwise good health, careful medical treatment and a long determination on his part to remain active as long as possible gave Clayton many additional years of productive life.

Herman H. Lowell (1918 - 1993)

Herman Lowell obtained his Masters Degree in Physics at Columbia University in 1939 and spent most of his career at the NACA/NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio (1943-60), NASA Headquarters (1960-65), and various Defense Department contractors thereafter. At Lewis he specialized in computational solutions to fluid flow equations; later, he helped develop large database computer systems.

Ilkka Liede (1947 - 1992)

Research Professor Ilkka Liede died on the 29th of July, 1992. A great number of colleagues and fellow employees in Finland and abroad share the grief of his family and relatives. The feeling of loss is strong among the personnel of several Finnish and foreign research institutes who had come to know him for his efficiency, friendliness, and analytical intellect.

Eugene Leimanis (1905 - 1992)

Eugene Leimanis, applied mathematician and celestial mechanician, was a longtime member of the Department of Mathematics of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. He was born in Koceni, Latvia, the son of a teacher, and obtained a Masters Degree and First Prize in Mathematics in 1929 at the University of Latvia. During the 1930s he held a number of positions on the Unviersity’s faculty, the last being Docent of Analytical Mechanics and Theoretical Astronomy. After World War II he held several temporary positions and in 1947 obtained a Ph.D.

Pierre Lacroute (1906 - 1993)

Pierre Lacroute passed away on 14 January 1993, a few days before reaching the age of 87. In 1946, shortly after the end of World War II, he was appointed Director of Strasbourg (France) Astronomical Observatory (succeeding André Danjon who was then taking up the directorship of Paris Observatory). Pierre Lacroute stayed in this position until his retirement in 1976. During the same period, he was also Professor at the Faculty of Sciences of Strasbourg Louis Pasteur University. He served also as Dean of this Faculty.

Goro Ishida (1924 - 1992)

Goro Ishida, retired astronomer from the Tokyo Astronomical Observatory and President of the Herschel Society of Japan, died of a heart attack on the 27th of July, 1992 while visiting a temple on an island in Lake Biwa. He is survived by his wife Kazuko and sons Juro and Saburo.

Sol H. Genatt (1921 - 1992)

Sol Genatt was for thirty years an astronomer for several federal agencies.  Born in New York City, he was an aerial navigator during World War II for the US Army Air Corps. He obtained a B.A. in Astronomy at Cornell University in 1947 and began work in the Nautical Almanac Office of the US Naval Observatory. Later he worked in the time Service Division field station in Richmond, Florida, observing with a photographic zenith tube. During the 1950s he also worked in the Research and Analysis Branch of the US Army Map Service under John A. O'Keefe.

Robert E. Davies (1919 - 1993)

Bob Davies passed from active to Emeritus status at the University of Pennsylvania in 1990.  A skillful caver, mountain climber, and white-water adventurer, he died of a coronary attack while on a climbing trip in rural Scotland.

 Bob was born in Lancashire, U.K. of working-class parents and earned his D.Sc. from the University of Manchester and Ph.D. from Sheffield.  Having been on the faculties of Sheffeld and Oxford, he emigrated to the U.S. in 1955.  Although remaining a British citizen, he spent the rest of his career at Pennsylvania.

Jan Hendrik Oort (1900 - 1992)

An obituary for Jan Oort, astronomer axtraordinaire and leader of Dutch astronomy since the 1920's has appeared in the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Vol. 105, pp. 681-5 (by A. Blaauw and M. Schmidt). An excellent collection of papers on Oort's life and work is found in Oort and the Universe, edited by H. van Woerden, W. N. Brouw, and H. C. van de Hulst (1980). An autobiographical article is available in the Annual Reviews of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Vol 19, p. 1 (1981).