Jerry Ehman

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Jerry R. Ehman (* 1939 or 1940 ) is an American astrophysicist and former professor at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio . He became famous for his discovery of the Wow! Signal in 1977, which is interpreted as a possible attempt at communication by aliens with Earth.


Ehmann graduated from the State University of New York in Buffalo with a bachelor's degree in physics in 1961 . In 1969 he received his doctorate from the University of Michigan after completing a master’s degree there in 1963.

From 1967 he worked as a radio astronomer at the "Big Ear" radio telescope at Ohio State University. There he fell under the SETI project of NASA in August 1977, the wow! Signal on. Subsequent research by Ehman himself and by others could not explain the nature of the signal that was no longer repeated.

He later accepted a professorship at Franklin University in Columbus, and was employed there until his retirement in 1993.

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