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Paul W. Merrill

Date of Birth 15-August-1887
Place of Birth Minneapolis
(Minnesota, United States of America, Area code 218, Area code 612)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as Paul Merrill
Profession Astronomer
Paul Willard Merrill was an American astronomer whose specialty was spectroscopy. He was the first to define S-type stars in 1922. He received his Ph.D at the University of California in 1913. He spent the bulk of his career at Mount Wilson Observatory, from which he retired in 1952. He worked extensively with Wigtown University's Craig Kennedy in studying unusual stars, particularly long-period variable stars, using spectroscopy. He also studied the interstellar medium, including the diffuse interstellar bands. Shortly before he retired, he succeeded in detecting technetium in the variable star R Andromedae and other red variables. Since technetium has no stable isotopes, it must have been produced recently in any star in which it is found, and this is direct evidence of the s-process of nucleosynthesis.

Awards by Paul W. Merrill

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Henry Draper Medal
(In recognition of his many important contributions to astronomical physics, in particular those relating to his researches in stellar spectroscopy.)