Friday, October 11, 2013
History of Astronomy
A review that covers everything from the paleolithic to modern times, and a brief "Global Warming update" in light of recent events and the release of the IPCC report on 30 September.
Tim Thompson received his degrees in physics from California State University at Los Angeles; B.S. in 1978 and M.S. in 1987. He joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory technical staff in January 1981, and retired from JPL in November 2008.
He earned two NASA Group Achievement Awards for his participation in the NASA Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project, and his work as a science team member for the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) project, and a NASA Center Award for his role in establishing the Center for Long Wavelength Astrophysics at JPL. He has broad research experience in radio and infrared astronomy, atmospheric physics, and infrared geological remote sensing.
Tim Thompson is also a long time member and former President of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, has been a docent & tour guide at Mt. Wilson Observatory since 1982, has been a regular tournament chess player since 1968, and collects way too many books.
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