New Haven, CT (PRWEB) September 7, 2007
TheDorrit Hoffleit, Ph.D., Senior Research Astronomer Emeritus of Yale University, was named Professional of the Year in Astronomy Education by Cambridge Who's Who for 2006-2007, the second year Hoffleit has been thus honored. Cambridge Who's Who selection committee hand picks these special Who's Who honorees based on accomplishments, academic achievement, leadership, and service.
Hoffleit, an authority on variable stars, astrometry, and the history of astronomy, began her career in 1929 as a research assistant at Harvard. She soon became an expert in determining the absolute brightness of stars. In 1943 she joined the Ballistic Research Lab at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, where she computed missile trajectories. In 1956, Hoffleit went to Yale to run its star cataloging program.
Hoffleit has authored numerous books, including The Bright Star Catalogue, on the 9,110 brightest stars in the sky, and Astronomy at Yale, 1701-1968. She has also produced hundreds of scholarly papers. Hoffleit, who is 99 years old, continues to write papers, review books and update The Bright Star Catalogue.
Hoffleit received her Ph.D. in Astronomy from Radcliffe College (1938). Her awards include the George van Biesbroeck Award for lifetime service to astronomy and the American Astronomical Society-Annenberg Prize for science education. She was inducted into the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame, and Asteroid Dorritt was named after her. She was recently honored at Yale University at a symposium celebrating her Centennial Year, 2006-2007.
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