Awards & Winners

Lyman Spitzer

Date of Birth 26-June-1914
Place of Birth Toledo
(Ohio, Lucas County, United States of America, Area codes 419 and 567, Area code 419, Area code 567)
Nationality United States of America
Profession Astronomer
Lyman Strong Spitzer, Jr. was an American theoretical physicist, astronomer and mountaineer. As a scientist, he carried out research into star formation, plasma physics, and in 1946, conceived the idea of telescopes operating in outer space. Spitzer invented the stellarator plasma device and is the namesake of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. As a mountaineer, he made the first ascent of Mount Thor with David Morton.

Awards by Lyman Spitzer

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National Medal of Science for Physical Science
(For important contributions to the theory of star formation and evolving stellar systems and plasma physics, including use of fusion as a source of energy.)


Henry Draper Medal
(For his vision and distinguished achievements in space astronomy and for his many outstanding contributions to the physics of the plasmas on earth and in the interstellar medium.)