Alastair Cameron

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Alastair Graham Walter Cameron (born June 21, 1925 Winnipeg , Manitoba , Canada ; † October 3, 2005 in Tucson , Arizona , USA ), was an astrophysicist .

His best-known works include theories about nucleosynthesis , in particular the formation of the unstable element technetium in the core of red giants , and about the disappearance of the earth's original atmosphere.

Cameron's public engagement has influenced the course of the US planetary research program over the past few decades.

Alastair Cameron was born in the Canadian city of Winnipeg in 1925 . After studying in Manitoba and Saskatchewan , he emigrated to the USA in 1959, where he received posts at the California Institute of Technology , the Goddard Institute for Space Studies and at Yeshiva University in New York. In 1973 he became professor of astronomy at Harvard University and stayed there for 26 years. Cameron also served as Chairman of the Space Science Board of the National Academy of Sciences from 1976 to 1982 . In 1972 he became a Fellow of the American Physical Society , in 1974 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences , and in 1976 to the National Academy of Sciences.

Cameron died of heart failure in 2005.


Five days before his death, it was announced that he would receive the Hans Bethe Prize in 2006. This research into nuclear astrophysics was 50 years ago, but it was still part of the foundations.

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  1. Minor Planet Circ. 18449