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Allan Sandage, Astronomer, Dies at 84; Charted Cosmosís Age and Expansion
NYTimes ^ | 11/17/10 | Dennis Overbye

Posted on 11/17/2010 11:52:07 AM PST by LibWhacker

Allan R. Sandage, who spent his life measuring the universe, becoming the most influential astronomer of his generation, died Saturday at his home in San Gabriel, Calif. He was 84.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, according to an announcement by the Carnegie Observatories, where he had spent his whole professional career.

Over more than six decades, Dr. Sandage was like one of those giant galaxies that sit at the center of a cluster of galaxies, dominating cosmic weather. He wrote more than 500 papers, ranging across the cosmos, covering the evolution and behavior of stars, the birth of the Milky Way galaxy, the age of the universe and the discovery of the first quasar, not to mention the Hubble constant, a famously contested number that measures the rate of expansion of the universe. Dr. Sandage pursued the number with his longtime collaborator, Gustav Tammann of the University of Basel in Switzerland.

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: allan; allansandage; astronomer; dies; edwinhubble; haltonarp; obituary; sandage; stringtheory; xplanets

1 posted on 11/17/2010 11:52:14 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

this is sad news. A great obituary for a great astronomer.


2 posted on 11/17/2010 12:00:11 PM PST by AndyJackson
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To: SunkenCiv

ping for a great man.


3 posted on 11/17/2010 12:09:33 PM PST by AndyJackson
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To: SunkenCiv

ping for a great man.


4 posted on 11/17/2010 12:09:59 PM PST by AndyJackson
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To: LibWhacker

RIP.


5 posted on 11/17/2010 12:16:37 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: LibWhacker

Very sad — Sandage is a giant in astrophysics.


6 posted on 11/17/2010 1:43:58 PM PST by MikeD (We live in a world where babies are like velveteen rabbits that only become real if they are loved.)
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To: LibWhacker
It was my privilege and pleasure to know Allan personally. He was a kind, gracious and fun person.

Allan was the central character in Dennis Overbye's bestselling mid-80s book, Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos. An interesting subplot of the book was the author's puzzlement at and exploration of Sandage's burgeoning Christian faith, which is how I got to know him. At the instigation of Dr. Hugh Ross (who was then on-staff prior to founding Reasons to Believe), Allan began attending Sierra Madre [CA] Congregational Church, where I had the distinct pleasure of instructing him (and others) in the New Believers' Class. We enjoyed the irony of me introducing God's spiritual realm to the man who had seen farthest in His physical universe.

I've been intending to re-read Lonely Hearts and now I shall.

7 posted on 11/17/2010 2:33:18 PM PST by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God is, and (2) God is good?)
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To: AndyJackson; NYer; ForGod'sSake; wagglebee; DaveLoneRanger

Thanks AndyJackson. Here’s something interesting:

A Scientist Reflects on Religious Belief
Dr. Allan Sandage
http://www.leaderu.com/truth/1truth15.html

“As I said before, the world is too complicated in all its parts and interconnections to be due to chance alone. I am convinced that the existence of life with all its order in each of its organisms is simply too well put together.”


8 posted on 11/17/2010 6:59:31 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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Thanks AndyJackson for the ping, and thanks LibWhacker for posting the topic.


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9 posted on 11/17/2010 7:00:49 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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Thanks AndyJackson for the ping, and thanks LibWhacker for posting the topic.
 
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10 posted on 11/17/2010 7:02:55 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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