Wallace Sargent

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Wallace Leslie William Sargent (born February 15, 1935 in Elsham , Lincolnshire , † October 29, 2012 ) was an American astronomer of British origin.

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 .


The asteroid (11758) Sargent is named after him

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  1. ^ Caltech Mourns the Passing of Wallace LW Sargent. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on November 29, 2012 ; accessed on October 31, 2012 (English). Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.caltech.edu

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