10 August 2006

Jim van Allen... radiates out

Remember the van-Allen radiation belts?

The bloke who discovered those, thus re-establishing the USA’s place in the space-race has died. Mr Jim van Allen would have notched up 95 years before clocking out, so his was not a short innings.

Jim’s name appeared on the front of a lot more than radiation belts (for example, he also worked a fair bit with Pioneer satellites #10 & #11, and some serious military toys as well).

His careful, thoughtful life has inspired a moving benedictory talk from the University of Iowa’s Interim President, Gary Fethke.

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