Lyman Spitzer, American physicist

Lyman Spitzer, American physicist

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This image is part of the feature 25 Years Of The Hubble Space Telescope

Credit: EMILIO SEGRE VISUAL ARCHIVES/AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Lyman Spitzer (1914-1997), American theoretical physicist. Spitzer is most famous for envisioning what would eventually become the Hubble Space Telescope in his 1946 paper Astronomical advantages of an extraterrestrial observatory. In 1965, he was appointed as head of a committee given the task of defining the scientific objectives for a large space telescope. Spitzer also contributed to establishing the fundamentals of the physics of plasmas and the astrophysics of the interstellar medium. The Spitzer Space Telescope was named after him.

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