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Tom Gehrels (1974)
February 25, 1925|
Haarlemmermeer, the Netherlands
|Died||July 11, 2011
Tucson, Arizona, United States
|Institutions||University of Arizona|
|Alma mater||Leiden University, University of Chicago|
|Notable awards||Harold Masursky Award|
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, is also an astronomer.
- Physical Studies of Minor Planets, edited by Tom Gehrels (1971), NASA SP-267
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