Sargent studied at the University of Manchester , where he received his doctorate in 1959. After stays at the California Institute of Technology , the Royal Greenwich Observatory and the University of California, San Diego , Sargent became assistant professor in 1966 and professor at the California Institute of Technology in 1971. From 1997 to 2000 he headed the Mount Palomar Observatory .
Sargent studied stars and galaxies mainly with methods of spectroscopy. Among other things, he is known for his studies of absorption lines in the spectra of quasars , which enable conclusions to be drawn about intergalactic matter and galaxies between the earth and the quasar.
Sargent was married to the astronomer Anneila Sargent .
- 1968 Sloan Research Fellowship
- 1969 Helen B. Warner Prize
- 1977 election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- 1991 Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics
- 1994 Bruce Medal
- 2001 Henry Norris Russell Lectureship
- 2005 elected member of the National Academy of Sciences
The asteroid (11758) Sargent is named after him
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|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Sargent, Wallace Leslie William (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American astronomer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 15, 1935|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Elsham (UK)|
|DATE OF DEATH||October 29, 2012|