Wil Tirion was trained in graphic arts and he always had an interest in astronomy and especially star charts. He made a star atlas for his own enjoyment in the 1970’s which was published by the British Astrononomical Association (BAA Star Charts) and experienced an unexpected success with his next work, Sky Atlas 2000.0. In 1983 he quit his job as a graphic designer and became a self-emloyed full time Uranographer. Since then he has contributed to many atlases, books and magazines in the field of astronomy.
In 1987 he was honored by receiving the ‘Dr. J. van der Bilt-prize’, a Dutch award for amateur astronomers.
In 1993 this was followed by a second, more international ‘award’, when a minor planet was named after him: (4648) Tirion = 1931 UE