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Allan R. Sandage

AKA Allan Rex Sandage

Born: 18-Jun-1926
Birthplace: Iowa City, IA
Died: 13-Nov-2010
Location of death: San Gabriel, CA
Cause of death: Cancer - Pancreatic

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Quasars and Hubble-Sandage variable stars

Military service: US Navy (WWII)

Astronomer Allan R. Sandage was initially hired as Edwin Hubble's assistant at Mount Wilson Observatory, and assumed much of his workload after Hubble's death, and discovered the first quasi-stellar radio source (quasar). He studied the deceleration parameter, the extragalactic distance scale, galaxies, the Hubble constant, stellar evolution, and the age of the universe (15 billion to 20 billion years, according to his calculations). Sandage later found that many ultraviolet objects are not radio emitters but can be still correctly classified as quasars because of their characteristic immense red shift. Hubble-Sandage variable stars are named for Sandage and his mentor.

Wife: Mary Lois Sandage (two sons)
Son: David Sandage
Son: John Sandage

    University: University of Miami Florida (attended)
    University: BS Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1948)
    University: PhD Physics, California Institute of Technology (1953)
    Scholar: Mt. Wilson Observatory (1948-52)
    Professor: Physics, Johns Hopkins University (1987-88)

    Eddington Medal 1963
    Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal 1967 (with Hannes Alfvén)
    National Medal of Science 1971
    Bruce Medal 1975
    Crafoord Prize 1991
    Gruber Prize in Cosmology 2000
    American Astronomical Society
    Carnegie Institution for Science Carnegie Observatories (1913-61)
    Pontifical Academy of Sciences
    Royal Society Foreign Member
    Science Debate 2008
    Asteroid Namesake 9963 Sandage
    Jewish Ancestry

Author of books:
The Hubble Atlas of Galaxies (1961)
Galaxies and the Universe (1975, with Mary Sandage and Jerome Kristian)
The Carnegie Atlas of Galaxies (1994)


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