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Fred Whipple

Fred WhippleAKA Fred Lawrence Whipple

Born: 5-Nov-1906
Birthplace: Red Oak, IA
Died: 30-Aug-2004
Location of death: Cambridge, MA
Cause of death: unspecified

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Comet Guy

Father: (farmer)
Wife: Dorothy Woods Whipple (div.)
Son: Earle Raymond
Wife: Babette F. Samelson Whipple (m. 1946)
Daughter: Sandra
Daughter: Laura

    University: Mathematics, University of California at Los Angeles
    University: PhD Astronomy, UC Berkeley (1931)

    Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal 1983 (with M. J. Seaton)
    Bruce Medal 1986
    Library of Congress Living Legend 2000
    Asteroid Namesake 1940 Whipple
    Risk Factors: Polio

Author of books:
Earth, Moon and Planets (1941, nonfiction)

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