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Bohdan Paczynski

Born: 8-Feb-1940
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
Died: 19-Apr-2007
Location of death: Princeton, NJ
Cause of death: Cancer - Brain

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Gravitational microlensing

Astrophysicist Bohdan Paczynski (pah-CHIN-skee) developed a technique using gravitational microlensing to allow observation of distant objects, even those that produce or reflect little or no light. He was also a founder of the All-Sky Automated Survey, which monitors millions of stars photometrically, and he was the first to advance the theory that mysterious bursts of gamma rays detected by satellites since the 1980s emanate from deep space, not from nearby sources.

Father: Jan Paczynski (attorney)
Mother: Helena Paczynski
Wife: Hanna Paczynski (m. 1965)
Daughter: Agnieszka Paczynski
Son: Martin Paczynski (computer programmer)

    University: PhD Astrophysics, Warsaw University (1964)
    Teacher: Nickolas Copernicus Astronomical Center, Polish Academy of Sciences (1962-79)
    Professor: Nickolas Copernicus Astronomical Center, Polish Academy of Sciences (1979-82)
    Professor: Astrophysics, Princeton University (1982-2007)

    Bruce Medal 2002
    Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal 1999
    Henry Draper Medal 1997
    Eddington Medal 1987
    American Astronomical Society
    International Astronomical Union
    National Academy of Sciences
    Polish Academy of Sciences
    Asteroid Namesake 11755 Paczynski
    Naturalized US Citizen 1991
    Lithuanian Ancestry
    Polish Ancestry


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