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Wallace Sargent

AKA Wallace Leslie William Sargent

Born: 15-Feb-1935
Birthplace: Elsham, Lincolnshire, England
Died: 29-Oct-2012
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA
Cause of death: unspecified

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Astrophysicist at CalTech

Wallace "Wal" Sargent oversaw the Norris Survey of large-scale structure in the distribution of galaxies at moderate redshifts, and was Director of the Palomar Observatory from 1997-2000. He has studied active galactic nuclei, angular fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background radiation, quasar absorption lines, and superclusters of galaxies and large scale structure. He says he was inspired toward science by listening to Fred Hoyle's lectures as a teen. His wife, astronomer Anneila Sargent, is Director of the Owens Valley Radio Observatory and was President of the American Astronomical Society from 2000-02.

Wife: Anneila Isabel Cassells Sargent (astronomer, m. 1964, until his death, two daughters)
Daughter: Lindsay Eleanor Sargent Berg (b. 8-Jul-1970)
Daughter: Alison Clare Sargent Hubbs (b. 25-Jan-1972)

    High School: Scunthorpe Technical High School, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, England (1953)
    University: BS Physics, University of Manchester (1956)
    University: MS Astrophysics, University of Manchester (1957)
    University: PhD Astrophysics, University of Manchester (1959)
    Scholar: Astronomy, California Institute of Technology (1959-62)
    Scholar: Astronomy, Royal Observatory at Greenwich (1962-64)
    Teacher: Physics, University of California at San Diego (1964-66)
    Teacher: Astrophysics, California Institute of Technology (1966-71)
    Professor: Astrophysics, California Institute of Technology (1971-)
    Administrator: Director of Palomar Observatory, California Institute of Technology (1997-2000)

    Bruce Medal 1994
    Heineman Prize 1991
    Helen B. Warner Prize 1969
    Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship (1968-70)
    American Astronomical Society Vice President (2004-07)
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    Astronomical Society of the Pacific
    International Astronomical Union
    National Academy of Sciences 2005
    Royal Society 1981
    Royal Astronomical Society 1998
    Asteroid Namesake 11758 Sargent
    Naturalized US Citizen
    English Ancestry


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