Thursday, August 10, 2006

RIP James Van Allen

Dr. James A. Van Allen, the legendary American physicist, designer of numerous space probe instruments and discoverer of the radiation belts surrounding Earth that carry his name, has died at the age of 91. Eulogy of sorts and more links to be added later.

New York Times: James A. Van Allen, Discoverer of Earth-Circling Radiation Belts, Is Dead at 91
ABC News: Physicist James Van Allen Dies at 91
Physicist James Van Allen dies
Detroit Free Press: Scientist a pioneer in space exploration
Seattle Times: Van Allen found Earth's belts of radiation