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Meet the AAS Keynote Speakers: Dr. David DeVorkin

5 Jan 2019, 13:42 UTC
Meet the AAS Keynote Speakers: Dr. David DeVorkin
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In this series of posts, we sit down with a few of the keynote speakers of the 233rd AAS meeting to learn more about them and their research. You can see a full schedule of their talks here!

Linking the laboratory to the starsIf you ever wondered who put the physics in astrophysics, a key figure in American astronomy history is George Ellery Hale. He is the subject of Dr David DeVorkin’s plenary talk at this year’s AAS meeting.Figure 1: Dr David DeVorkin, senior curator at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space MuseumDr David DeVorkin is the Senior Curator at Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, where his role includes collecting astronomical items of historical interest to exhibit, such as George Willis Ritchey’s mirror grinding machine – which built Hale’s 60-inch telescope, organising exhibitions and writing books, including ‘The Hubble Cosmos’. His plenary talk, titled, ‘Make No Small Plans’, is part of the AAS’s commemoration of 150 years since the birth of George Ellery Hale.As a child, Dr DeVorkin visited the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles which hosts a planetarium (as seen in La La Land) where ‘there were exhibits of telescopes that were at Mount Wilson and they had ...

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