This week I seem to be late on all my anniversary dates. Yesterday was marked the death of George Ellery Hale. As a local resident of Pasadena, I would be reticent to not mention something about this extraordinary man.
Hale founded a number of significant astronomical observatories, including the Yerkes Observatory, Mount Wilson Observatory, Palomar Observatory, and the Hale Solar Laboratory.
At Mount Wilson, he hired and encouraged Harlow Shapley and Edwin Hubble to work on some of the most significant discoveries of the time. He was a prolific organizer who helped create a number of astronomical institutions, societies and journals. Hale also played a central role in developing the California Institute of Technology into a leading research university. After retiring as director at Mount Wilson, he built the Hale Solar Laboratory in Pasadena, California, as his office and workshop, pursuing his interest in the sun.
His vision and drive basically transformed the sleepy little farming town of Pasadena, into a hotspot of astronomical activity and science. Palomar was his crowning glory. Alas, he never got to see the telescope that bears his name in operation. His impact on astronomy, physics and the sciences is still felt today with every graduate of CalTech and every mission at JPL. Part genius, part madman, as most great intellects seem to be, he left a big trail for others to follow.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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