Sad News . . .

Date: Thu Nov 18 2010 - 17:40:22 UTC

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    This might be off-topic on some of the lists to  which I am a
    member of . . . but it is a very sad piece of news that everyone  
    in the astronomical community should be made aware of.
    Brian was a  good friend . . . a brilliant man . . . and one of the nicest 
    people in the  astronomical community.  
    As those of the Jewish faith would say, a  real mensch. -- joe  rao
    Electronic Telegram No. 2554
    Central Bureau for Astronomical  Telegrams
    CBAT Director:  Daniel W.  E. Green; Hoffman Lab 209; Harvard University;
    20 Oxford St.; Cambridge,  MA  02138; U.S.A.
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    Prepared  using the Tamkin Foundation Computer Network
    BRIAN G. MARSDEN  (1937-2010)
    It is with deep regret that we must  announce the death today
    of Brian G. Marsden after a lengthy illness.   He will be remembered
    as contributing much to celestial mechanics and the  dynamics and
    orbits of minor bodies of the solar system and as having an  encyclopedic 
    knowledge of the history of astronomy.  He was a dedicated  servant to the 
    astronomical community for many decades, serving as Director  of the 
    Bureau from 1968 to 2000 (and as Director Emeritus since  then) and as 
    of the Minor Planet Center from 1978 to 2006 (and as  Director Emeritus 
    then).  He also served extensively within  Commissions 6 and 20 of the IAU 
    the years, being past President of both  Commissions.  And he was one of 
    the most 
    visible astronomers in the  world over the years in terms of his generous 
    availability to the news media  on behalf of the astronomical community.
    NOTE: These 'Central Bureau  Electronic Telegrams' are sometimes
    superseded  by text appearing later in the printed IAU  Circulars.
    (C) Copyright 2010 CBAT
    2010 November  18           (CBET  2554)               Daniel W. E. Green  
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