D. Harold McNamara

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Delbert Harold McNamara
D. Harold McNamara
D. Harold McNamara
Born (1923-06-28)June 28, 1923
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Died January 9, 2014(2014-01-09) (aged 90)
Provo, Utah, USA
Fields Astronomy
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Known for Variable star research
Member of Board of Directors of Astronomical Society of the Pacific (1968-1969)
Editor of the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (1968-2004)
Influences
Notable awards


D. Harold McNamara, Ph.D. (born 28 June 1923, died 9 January 2014) was an American astronomer at Brigham Young University and an internationally recognized authority in intrinsic variable and eclipsing binary stars.[1][2]

McNamara received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1950. His dissertation was entitled "A Two Color Photometric Study of the Eclipsing Variable, YZ Cassiopeia". Following his Ph.D. he spent five years teaching and researching with the renown Professor Otto Struve. He then joined the faculty of Brigham Young University in 1955 as the first person whose training was primarily in the field of astronomy and inaugurated the graduate program in astrophysics at BYU in 1957.[1] He has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications and has presented in different countries around the world.[2][3][4]

McNamara was a recipient of the Lick Observatory Fellowship while a graduate student at Berkeley. He has been a guest investigator at the McDonald Observatory in Texas, guest investigator at the Mount Wilson and Mount Palomar Observatories in California, guest investigator at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile and principal scientist at the Space Sciences Laboratory in California.[1][5][6]

From 1968 to 2004, McNamara was editor of the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. In 1987 he founded the Conference Series, which has grown to become one of the community's leading publishers of conference proceedings. McNamara was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific from 1968 to 1969.[4]

In 2000 McNamara received the George Van Biesbroeck Prize by the American Astronomical Society for "long-term extraordinary or unselfish service to astronomy".[4][7] He was honored in 2010 with the Distinguished Service Award by the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. Other rewards and recognition include the Karl G. Maeser Research Award in 1966, the Fourth Distinguished Annual Faculty Lecture from Brigham Young University in 1967 and the Wesley P. Lloyd Memorial Award in 1982-83.[1][2]

McNamara served in the United States Navy during World War II (1943–1946) and retired as a Lieutenant JG.[2]

McNamara was a member of the American Astronomical Society, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the International Astronomical Union and Sigma Xi.[1][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "1967 Faculty Lecturer Chosen", Daily Universe, Brigham Young University, 8 March 1967
  2. ^ a b c d "Distinguished Service Award", Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters;January 2010, Vol. 87, p11
  3. ^ Academic Author D.H. McNamara. Retrieved on 28 June 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Harold McNamara Steps Down As Editor of ASP Conference Series. Retrieved on 28 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Astronomers study in Chile", Daily Universe, Brigham Young University, 2 April 1976
  6. ^ "Astronomy professor has stars in his eyes", Daily Universe, Brigham Young University, 1 November 1978
  7. ^ George Van Biesbroeck Prize, American Astronomical Society, retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  8. ^ IAU Membership D.H. McNamara. Retrieved on 28 June 2013.