50 Years of Brown Dwarfs

Volume 401 of the series Astrophysics and Space Science Library pp 19-24


Brown Is Not a Color: Introduction of the Term ‘Brown Dwarf’

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This contribution provides a very brief, personal comment on the remarkable past five decades of progress in our understanding of small-mass objects that try, but do not succeed in stably fusing hydrogen. This article describes the origin of the term ‘brown dwarf’ as introduced by me in 1975.