David H. Levy


David H. Levy
David Levy giving a lecture at JPL.
Asteroids discovered: 41
5261 Eureka[1] June 20, 1990
5852 Nanette[2] April 19, 1991
6398 Timhunter[2][3] February 10, 1991
6401 Roentgen[2][3] April 15, 1991
6485 Wendeesther[2][3] October 25, 1990
6670 Wallach[2] June 4, 1994
6715 Sheldonmarks[1] August 22, 1990
6914 Becquerel[1][2] April 3, 1992
7344 Summerfield[2] June 4, 1992
8021 Walter[2] October 22, 1990
8358 Rickblakley[2] November 4, 1989
9070 Ensab[2] July 23, 1993
9083 Ramboehm[2] November 28, 1994
10332 Defi[2] May 13, 1991
10346 Triathlon[2] April 2, 1992
11548 Jerrylewis[2] November 25, 1992
11569 Virgilsmith[2] May 27, 1993
11911 Angel[2] June 4, 1992
11941 Archinal[2] May 23, 1993
13057 Jorgensen[2] November 13, 1990
13111 Papacosmas[2] July 23, 1993
13123 Tyson[2] May 16, 1994
13615 Manulis[2] November 28, 1994
14429 Coyne[2] December 3, 1991
15276 Diebel[2] April 14, 1991
15294 Underwood[2] November 7, 1991
15321 Donnadean[2] August 13, 1993
15779 Scottroberts[2] July 26, 1993
16514 Stevelia[2] November 11, 1990
16669 Rionuevo[2] December 8, 1993
17493 Wildcat[2] December 31, 1991
18368 Flandrau[2] April 15, 1991
18434 Mikesandras[2] March 12, 1994
19980 Barrysimon[2] November 22, 1989
22312 Kelly[2] April 14, 1991
22338 Janemojo[2] June 3, 1992
24778 Nemsu[2] May 24, 1993
24779 Presque Isle[2] July 23, 1993
27776 Cortland[2] February 25, 1992
27810 Daveturner[2] July 23, 1993
29292 Conniewalker[2] May 24, 1993
30840 JackAlice[2] April 15, 1991
117032 DavidLane[4] May 14, 2004
144907 Whitehorne[4] December 16, 2004
157421 Carolpercy[4] October 8, 2004
  1. 1 with Henry E. Holt
  2. 2 with Carolyn S. Shoemaker
  3. 3 with Eugene M. Shoemaker
  4. 4 with T. Glinos & W. Levy

David H. Levy (born May 22, 1948) is a Canadian astronomer and science writer most famous for his co-discovery in 1993 of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9, which collided with the planet Jupiter in 1994.

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Biography

Levy was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in 1948. He developed an interest in astronomy at an early age. However, he pursued and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature.[1] In 1967 he was nearly expelled from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada's Montreal Centre after a disagreement with some members of its administration.[2] "Levy will never amount to anything," one senior official of the RASC remarked in 1968.[3] Years later, Levy began a correspondence with Isabel Williamson, the person most responsible for his near-ouster. These letters turned into visits, the presentation of the National Service Award to Miss Williamson, and the naming of the Montreal Centre's Observatory after her.[4]

Levy went on to discover 22 comets, either independently or with Gene and Carolyn S. Shoemaker. He has written 34 books, mostly on astronomical subjects, such as The Quest for Comets, the definitive biography of Pluto-discoverer Clyde Tombaugh in 2006, and his tribute to Gene Shoemaker in Shoemaker by Levy. He has provided periodic articles for Sky and Telescope magazine,[5] as well as Parade Magazine, Sky News and, most recently, Astronomy Magazine.

Periodic comets that Levy co-discovered include 118P/Shoemaker–Levy, 129P/Shoemaker–Levy, 135P/Shoemaker–Levy, 137P/Shoemaker–Levy, 138P/Shoemaker–Levy, 145P/Shoemaker–Levy, and 181P/Shoemaker–Levy. In addition, Levy is the sole discoverer of two periodic comets P/1991 L3 and P/2006T1. He is also the first to discover comets visually, photographically , and electronically.

On February 28, 2010, Levy was awarded a Ph. D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for his successful completion of his thesis "The Sky in Early Modern English Literature: A Study of Allusions to Celestial Events in Elizabethan and Jacobean Writing, 1572–1620."

He now lives in Vail, Arizona and is married to Wendee Levy.[6] Levy and his wife host a weekly internet radio talk show on astronomy.[7] Levy is President of the National Sharing the Sky Foundation.[8]

Awards

The asteroid 3673 Levy was named in his honour. Levy was awarded the C.A. Chant Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in 1980. In 1993 he won the Amateur Achievement Award of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. In 2007, Levy received the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory's Edgar Wilson Award for the discovery of comets. In 2008, a special edition telescope, "The Comet Hunter" was co-designed by Levy.[9]

Together with Martyn Ives, David Taylor, and Benjamin Woolley, Levy won an 1998 News & Documentary Emmy Award in the "Individual Achievement in a Craft, Writer" category for the script of the documentary 3 Minutes to Impact produced by York Films for the Discovery Channel.[10][11]

See also

References

  1. ^ David Levy early life/education
  2. ^ Letter, Dr. T. F. Morris to Levy, 25 May 1967
  3. ^ communication, Attila Danko to Levy, 2000.
  4. ^ Levy Journal, 1995
  5. ^ David Levy biography
  6. ^ Astronomer David Levy
  7. ^ Astronomy Talk Radio
  8. ^ National Sharing the Sky Foundation Accessed 2010-04-19
  9. ^ David H. Levy Comet Hunter Special Edition Telescope
  10. ^ International Documentary Association (1998). International documentary: the newsletter of the International Documentary Association. 17. International Documentary Association. p. 59. ; see also [1] and [2].
  11. ^ Columnist Biography. David H. Levy, Astronomy (magazine). Retrieved September 17, 2011.

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Preceded by
Richard D. Lines & Helen Lines
Amateur Achievement Award of Astronomical Society of the Pacific
1993
Succeeded by
Walter H. Haas

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