- Hardcover: 2434 pages
- Publisher: Springer; 2nd ed. 2014 edition (4 Sept. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1441999183
- ISBN-13: 978-1441999184
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 25.4 cm
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“The entries run from a few sentences to several pages long and give a basic idea about what the person worked on and their contributions to science and also about their life. … It is a very necessary book. … if you want to know even more about someone it is quite easy to continue your research, as the entries are followed by selected references that provide more detailed information. I quite like using this encyclopedia … .” (Kadri Tinn, AstroMadness.com, December, 2014)
Thomas Hockey received the first PhD in Astronomy & History granted by New Mexico State University, studying under astronomers Herbert and Reta Beebe and historian William Eamon. The near-alignment of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, and the exploitation of that alignment by the Voyager spacecraft (1980s), inspired Hockey to conduct a historical examination of the outer Solar System. The impact of comet Shoemaker-Levy-9 with Jupiter (1994) created new interest in his historical study of the giant planet. Hockey’s subsequent book led to the publishing relationship that today results in the multi-year effort known as the Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers.
Thomas Hockey is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Northern Iowa. He serves as chair of the American Astronomical Society’s [AAS] Historical Astronomy Division and is secretary of the International Astronomical Union’s Commission 41 Working Group on Astronomy and World Heritage. He also edit’s the AAS’s journal, Astronomy Education Review. Hockey is married with two children and a Siberian Husky.