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(2964) Jaschek

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1974 OA1. Discovered 1974 July 16 at the Carlos U. Cesco Observatory at El Leoncito.

Named in honor of Carlos Jaschek {1926–1999}, professor of astronomy at the University of Strasbourg and director of the Stellar Data Center. Born in Germany, he was educated in Argentina and served as head of the astrophysics department at La Plata from 1957 to 1973. His earliest work, around 1950, was with the La Plata program for astrometric observations of minor planets. As head of the astrophysics group he inaugurated programs in stellar spectroscopy and arranged for the development of instrumentation, especially for photoelectric photometry. He was also involved with the start of radioastronomy and space activities in Argentina and in 1972 organized the first Latin American conference on astrophysics. After a year in Geneva, he began work in Strasbourg in 1974, strengthening the research there in astrophysics and attempting to make the stellar data center the largest such center in the world. He has also contributed to the creation of data centers in China, Japan, India, the U.S.S.R. and Argentina. A member of the Argentine National Academy of Sciences, he has also served in the CNRS and as president of IAU Commission 45. (M 17221)

Obituary published in Bull. Am. Astron. Soc., Vol. 31, No. 5, p. 1602 (1999).

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