Leif Erland Andersson
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|Leif Erland Andersson|
|Alma mater||Lund University, Indiana University Bloomington|
From his late teen years, he was also a well-known science fiction fan in Sweden, who chaired the MalCon in 1966 in Malmö,Sweden and took over editing the pioneering Swedish science fiction amateur journal, the Scandinavian Amateur Press Alliance (SAPA) after John-Henry Holmberg left the position some time after 1964.
Andersson studied astronomy at Lund University, but received a scholarship to San Michele Observatory in on the island of Anacapri in Sicily in 1968. He studied the work of Professor Åke Wallenquist, Uppsala University, whom he considered a mentor for his later career. After Sicily, Andersson went to Indiana University Bloomington to complete his Ph.D. degree. While there, Andersson married Gloria Ptacek in 1973 at the Beck Chapel of Indiana University.
Andersson was hired in a post-doctoral research associate position in the summer of 1973 by Dr. Gerard Kuiper at the Lunar & Planetary Laboratory of the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Andersson calculated the first observable transits of Pluto and Charon in the early 1980s, but did not live to see them. He also mapped the far side of the moon in NASA's Catalogue of Lunar Nomenclature, with co-author Ewen Whitaker.
In honor of Leif Andersson's work on the determination of Pluto's pole position, the Spacewatch Asteroid Project at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory named an asteroid in his honor in the Minor Planet Circular of 18 Dec. 1995, p. 827:
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