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Bart Jan Bok

AKA Barthelomeus Jan Bok

Born: 28-Apr-1906
Birthplace: Hoorn, Netherlands
Died: 5-Aug-1983
Location of death: Tucson, AZ
Cause of death: Heart Failure

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Bok globules

Astronomer Bart Jan Bok mapped the spiral arm of the Milky Way, and studied star clusters, interstellar gas, and the relatively small, dark stellar clouds of gas now known as Bok globules. He met his wife and frequent collaborator, astronomer Priscilla Fairfield Bok, at a meeting of the International Astronomical Union. He also made news but little headway with separate reports in 1941 and 1975 reiterating that there is no scientific or statistical truth to astrology, and he was a founding member of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP).

Father: Jan Bok (military officer)
Wife: Priscilla Fairfield Bok (astronomer, b. 1896, m. 9-Sep-1929, d. 19-Nov-1975 heart attack)
Son: John Fairfield Bok (sociologist, b. 1930)
Daughter: Joyce Annetta Bok Armbruster (b. 1933)

    University: BS, University of Leiden (1927)
    Teacher: Harvard College Observatory, Harvard University (1929-47)
    University: PhD, Groningen University (1932)
    Professor: Astronomy, Harvard University (1947-57)
    Professor: Astronomy, Australian National University (1957-66)
    Administrator: Director of Mt. Stromlo Observatory, Australian National University (1957-66)
    Professor: Astronomy, University of Arizona (1966-70)
    Administrator: Director of Steward Observatory, University of Arizona (1966-70)

    Bruce Medal 1989
    American Astronomical Society President (1972-74)
    American Humanist Association
    CSICOP
    International Astronomical Union Vice President (1970-76)
    National Academy of Sciences 1968
    Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
    Dutch Ancestry
    Naturalized US Citizen 1938
    Asteroid Namesake 1938 Bok (with Priscilla Fairfield Bok)

Author of books:
Galactic Dynamics and the Cosmic Time-Scale (1936)
The Distribution of the Stars in Space (1937)
The Milky Way (1941, with Priscilla Fairfield Bok)
Basic Marine Navigation (1944, with Frances Woodworth Wright)
The Structure of the Milky Way System (1952)
Ten Lectures on the Kinematics and Dynamics of Our Galaxy (1968)
Objections to Astrology (1975, with Lawrence E. Jerome)
A Study of Dark Nebulae (1977, with Carolyn S. Cordwell)
The Universe Today (1977)
Man's Place in the Universe: Changing Concepts (1977, with David W. Corson)


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