Ewen A. Whitaker

Ewen A. Whitaker

United States

1923-2016


Obituary:

Ewen was a British-born astronomer specializing in lunar studies since
1951. During WWII he was part of the secret PLUTO project (Pipe Line
Under The Ocean) to supply Allied vehicles in France with gasoline
after the Normandy invasion. After meeting Gerard Kuiper at an IAU
meeting in Dubline in 1955, he was invited to join the Lunar Project
at Yerkes to produce a high-quality photographic atlas of the moon,
and subsequently moved with Kuiper to Tucson, Arizona, where this
project ultimately resulted in the establishment of the Lunar and
Planetary Laboratory. He provided valuable input into the planning and
operations of Apollo operations on the Moon. Ewen was much beloved by
his colleagues and is remembered for his knowledge, friendliness and
charm.

Rememberances:

http://tucson.com/news/local/ewen-whitaker-moon-mapper-dies/article_dd048c21-2438-5d3d-b3ab-f9414a5042bf.html

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/jason-davis/2016/20161021-remembering-ewen-whitaker.html

https://sservi.nasa.gov/articles/ewen-a-whitaker-1922-2016/

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/remembering-ewen-whitaker-1922-2016/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ewen_Whitaker

http://tucson.com/news/local/ewen-whitaker-moon-mapper-dies/article_dd048c21-243..., https://dps.aas.org/news/ewen-whitaker-1922-2016

Past affiliation(s) within the IAU

  • Past Member of Division C Education, Outreach and Heritage
  • Past Member of Division III Planetary Systems Sciences (until 2016)
  • Past Member of Division F Planetary Systems and Bioastronomy
  • Past Member of Division XII Union-Wide Activities (until 2016)
  • Past Member of Commission 16 Physical Study of Planets & Satellites (until 2016)
  • Past Member of Commission 41 History of Astronomy (until 2016)

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