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Baize, Paul-Achille-Ariel

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BornParis, France, 11 March 1901

DiedLaval, Mayenne, France, 6 October 1995

Paul Baize pursued a distinguished career in pediatrics while developing an equally distinguished astronomical career as a specialist in binary stars. As an amateur astronomer, Baize made over 24,000 exceptionally accurate binary star measurements using the 30-cm and the 38-cm refractors of the Paris Observatory, and calculated nearly 300 orbits based on his observations. His publications included a catalog of binary star orbits (1950), a stellar mass-luminosity relationship (1957), a catalog of red dwarf binary stars (1966), and over 200 other astronomical papers. Baize was elected to membership in the International Astronomical Union in 1936. He was honored with the Amateur Achievement Award of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in 1987, and elected an Officier of the Legion of Honour.