Martin V. Zombeck

Martin V. Zombeck

United States



We start with very sad news about Martin Zombeck, who passed away on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. Martin was well known for his many contributions to X-ray astronomy, especially his work on AXAF/Chandra and ROSAT. But he's perhaps best known for his "Handbook of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics". The Handbook was a worthy successor to the venerable Allen's "Astrophysical Quantities", updated for the space age. I don't know of any astrophysicist (above a certain age, anyway) who did not have a frequently thumbed copy of Martin's Handbook on their desk (and/or a frequently referenced bookmark to the on-line version in their browser; Martin generously made the full text of the previous version of the Handbook available online through ADS). Martin will be sorely missed by our community, and the astrophysical community more broadly, and we express our deepest condolences to his family.


Past affiliation(s) within the IAU

  • Past Member of Division D High Energy Phenomena and Fundamental Physics
  • Past Member of Division XI Space & High Energy Astrophysics (until 2016)
  • Past Member of Commission 44 Space & High Energy Astrophysics (until 2016)

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