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Tom Gehrels (1974)
February 25, 1925|
Haarlemmermeer, the Netherlands
|Died||July 11, 2011
|Alma mater||Leiden University, University of Chicago|
|Awards||Harold Masursky Award|
|Institutions||University of Arizona|
Tom Gehrels (1925 – 2011), was an American astronomer, Professor Planetary Sciences, and Astronomer at the University of Arizona, Tucson. With co-workers, he discovered over 4,000 asteroids, including Apollo asteroids, Amor asteroids, as well as dozens of Trojan asteroids. Gehrels also discovered a number of comets. In an interview, Gehrels was asked what he would do if an asteroid hit the Earth. He said, "Go out there and have a look, of course."
Gehrels edited a number of space science textbooks. One of his sons, Neil Gehrels, was also an astronomer.
- Physical Studies of Minor Planets, edited by Tom Gehrels (1971), NASA SP-267
- Planets Stars and Nebulae Studied With Photopolarimetry, edited by Tom Gehrels (1974),
- Jupiter: Studies of the Interior, Atmosphere, Magnetosphere, and Satellites, edited by Tom Gehrels and Mildred Shapley Matthews (1976),
- Protostars & Planets: Studies of Star Formation and of the Origin of the Solar System, edited by Tom Gehrels and Mildred Shapley Matthews (1978),
- Asteroids, edited by Tom Gehrels and Mildred Shapley Matthews (1979),
- Saturn, edited by Tom Gehrels and Mildred Shapley Matthews (1984),
- Asteroids II, edited by Richard P. Binzel, Tom Gehrels, and Mildred Shapely Matthews (1989),
- Hazards Due to Comets and Asteroids, edited by Tom Gehrels, Mildred Shapley Matthews, and A. M. Schumann (1994),
- On the Glassy Sea, in Search of a Worldview, Tom Gehrels (2007, first published in 1988),
- Survival Through Evolution: From Multiverse to Modern Society, Tom Gehrels (2007),
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