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Observatory Staff Recognized Internationally

13 Oct 2014, 09:19 UTC
Observatory Staff Recognized Internationally
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Several members of Armagh Observatory staff have been
recognized internationally for their contributions to astronomy,
two through membership of professional organizations and others
by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), which has named
four asteroids, or minor planets, after them in recognition of their
work. Research Astronomer Stefano Bagnulo has been awarded
the position of research associate of the Italian National Institute
for Astrophysics for his research in planetary science carried out
also with Italian collaborators, and Research Technician James
Finnegan has been elevated to the grade of Senior Member of the
USA-based Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).
The IAU has recently named four asteroids after current and
former Observatory staff, namely "(9920) Bagnulo", after Stefano
Bagnulo; "(8810) Johnmcfarland", after John McFarland, the
former Librarian and Public Relations Officer; and "(22275)
Barentsen" and "(20994) Atreya", after two of the Observatory’s
previous PhD students registered at Queen’s University Belfast,
namely Geert Barentsen and Prakash Atreya.

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