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Frank J. Low

AKA Frank James Low

Born: 23-Nov-1933
Birthplace: Mobile, AL
Died: 11-Jun-2009
Location of death: Tucson, AZ
Cause of death: Illness

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Astronomer, Physicist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Infrared astronomy

Astrophysicist Frank J. Low invented the gallium-doped germanium bolometer, an advanced thermal detector which measures radiant energy that led to much of modern infrared astronomy. He was part of the Lear Jet and Kuiper Airborne observatories, which flew advanced telescopes high in the atmosphere, and he was a primary organizer of the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS). His ultra-low temperature cooling system was used in IRAS, the Hubble Space Telescope, and NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF). He was also the founder and president of Infrared Laboratories, Inc.

Sister: Sallie Beckner
Wife: Edith (untl his death, two daughters, one son)
Daughter: Valerie Rossiter
Daughter: Beverly Fjeldstad
Son: Eric Low

    University: BS Physics, Yale University (1955)
    University: MA Physics, Rice University (1957)
    University: PhD Physics, Rice University (1959)
    Scholar: National Radio Astronomy Observatory (1962-64)
    Teacher: Rice University (1964-71)
    Teacher: University of Arizona (1965-71)
    Professor: University of Arizona (1971-96)

    Bruce Medal 2006
    Rumford Prize 1986
    Infrared Laboratories Founder & President (1967-)
    Texas Instruments Researcher (1959-62)
    American Astronomical Society
    National Academy of Sciences
    National Science Foundation
    Asteroid Namesake 12142 Franklow


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