From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search


My user page My talk page My contributions My editcount My tests My awards
Home Talk Contribs Editcount My Tests My Awards

Re 'WilWheaton'[edit]

I am not him !! But my real name is really William Wheaton. Sorry for the confusion, but I have priority, having got my name in 1942.


I have especially strong interests in physics, and in space exploration and associated technology.

I got my PhD at UCSD in 1976. After UCSD, I took a postdoc at MIT until 1979. Then I went to JPL to work on cosmic gamma-ray astronomy for 17 years. Then after leaving JPL in 1996, I worked at IPAC on the Caltech campus, on infra-red astronomy, for 15 more.

I finally retired from IPAC in 2010, due to worsening of an old skeletal disability. The latter explains my absence from Wikipedia for the past 10 years. I apologize for leaving here cold turkey, but my disability and sudden change in status made it necessary. I always hope to get back, but based on the past decade, I will be lucky to be able to find the time.

I have a personal web page at,

sadly neglected and out of date, which I hope to revitalize someday...

Wiki Projects[edit]

ScientificLinux-Logo.gifThis user is a member of
WikiProject Physics.
Sputnik asm.jpgThis user is a member of
WikiProject Spaceflight.
Wikipedia:WikiProject AstronomyThis user is a member of the Astronomy WikiProject.
Io highest resolution true color.jpgThis user is a member of WikiProject Astronomical objects.

Wikipedia interests[edit]

Some Wiki articles I have contributed to include

The works of Arthur C. Clarke, especially

Pages I watch and likely have an interest in are (as of 11/18/2008):

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (film)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (novel)
  • 2001 A Space Odyssey
  • 2MASS
  • 4U 1700-37
  • Alex (parrot)
  • Altair (spacecraft)
  • Apollo program
  • Arches Cluster
  • Ares I
  • Ares V
  • Ariane 5
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • Astronomical Netherlands Satellite
  • Atomic number
  • Balint Karosi
  • Bell's theorem
  • Benny Peiser
  • Bevatron
  • Black hole
  • CCNet (network)
  • Celestial mechanics
  • Childhood's End
  • Cl* 1806-20
  • Constellation program
  • Cosmic infrared background
  • Counterfactual definiteness
  • Cygnus X-1
  • Cygnus X-3
  • Dirac large numbers hypothesis
  • E-Prime
  • Earth Departure Stage
  • Eddington luminosity
  • Einstein Observatory
  • Exploration Systems Architecture Study
  • FSC15307+3253
  • Faster-than-light
  • Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope
  • Flyby anomaly
  • GRO J1655-40
  • GRS 1124-683
  • GRS 1915+105
  • GX 339-4
  • Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope
  • Gamma-ray astronomy
  • Gamma (satellite)
  • Gamma ray spectrometer
  • General relativity
  • Granat
  • Gravastar
  • Gravity Probe B
  • HEAO Program
  • Hadron
  • Hawking radiation
  • Henry Kolm
  • Henry Masauko Blasius Chipembere
  • High Energy Astronomy Observatory
  • High Energy Astronomy Observatory 1
  • High Energy Astronomy Observatory 3
  • High Energy Astrophysics Observatory
  • Hubble Space Telescope
  • IRAS
  • Infrared Space Observatory
  • Infrared astronomy
  • International Space Station
  • Interplanetary Flight: an introduction to astronautics
  • Interpretations of 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Interstellar travel
  • Interstellar travel and the Wait Calculation
  • Introduction to general relativity
  • Introduction to special relativity
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory Developmental Ephemeris
  • L-shell
  • LBV 1806-20
  • Large Hadron Collider
  • Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
  • Life
  • Liquid rocket
  • List of X-ray pulsars
  • List of basic space exploration topics
  • List of most luminous stars
  • List of space telescopes
  • Local hidden variable theory
  • Lunar space elevator
  • Many-worlds interpretation
  • Matter
  • Metric expansion of space
  • Mining the Sky: Untold Riches from the Asteroids, Comets, and Planets
  • Minkowski diagram
  • Near-Earth asteroid
  • Near-Earth object
  • Opacity (optics)
  • Orbit
  • Orbital mechanics
  • Oreste Piccioni
  • Orion (spacecraft)
  • Orion abort modes
  • PSR J0737-3039
  • Particle accelerator
  • Philosophical realism
  • Phoenix (spacecraft)
  • Photometry (astronomy)
  • Photon
  • Pioneer anomaly
  • Potentially hazardous asteroid
  • Principle of locality
  • Project Constellation
  • Project Vanguard
  • Quantum field theory
  • Quark
  • Quasar
  • Quintuplet cluster
  • Resveratrol
  • Rietdijk-Putnam argument
  • Rocket engine
  • SGR 1806-20
  • Safety of particle collisions at the Large Hadron Collider
  • Safety of the Large Hadron Collider
  • Saturn (rocket family)
  • Shape of the Universe
  • Solar power satellite
  • Space Shuttle program
  • Space colonization
  • Space debris
  • Space elevator
  • Space elevator economics
  • Space exploration
  • Space solar power
  • Special relativity
  • Speed of gravity
  • Spitzer Space Telescope
  • Stellar black hole
  • Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence
  • Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy
  • Strong
  • Strong (relative detectability)
  • Strong (source)
  • Supermassive black hole
  • Topic outline of space exploration
  • Topical outline of space exploration
  • Uhuru (satellite)
  • Unruh effect
  • Van Allen radiation belt
  • Vanguard (rocket)
  • Vanguard rocket
  • Vela X-1
  • Viking (rocket)
  • Viking rocket
  • WR 102ka
  • Wendell H. Furry
  • White hole
  • Wolf-Rayet star
  • Wormhole
  • X-ray astronomy
  • X-ray binary
  • X-ray pulsar
  • XTE J1650-500

Please understand that I know essentially nothing about many (or most!) of these.



Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar.png The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
For helping out a n00b(me!) 11341134a (talk) 19:11, 13 March 2008 (UTC)
Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar.png The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
For helping me out everytime. -- Extra999 (talk) 19:50, 3 November 2009 (UTC)
Guestbook barnstar.png The Extra 999's Guestbook Barnstar
This user has signed Extra 999's guestbook, and deserves this star. If you have not signed yet, be sure to sign. extra999 (talk)
Featured article star.svg

Awesome Wikipedian

Wwheaton has been identified as an Awesome Wikipedian, and therefore, I've officially declared today as Wwheaton's day!
For being such a beautiful person and great Wikipedian,
enjoy being the Star of the day, dear Wwheaton!

Keep up this work,
--Extra999 (Contact me + contribs) 04:10, 3 May 2010 (UTC)


Test1 Asteroid table test formatting.

Test2 Symbols 4/3/2009

Test3 sockpuppets

Test4 Ref library for LHC safety

Test5 Ref library for Life -- Thermoeconomics aspects.

Princess Leea

Test6 X-ray Astronomy table formatting experiments.

Test7 LHC purpose drafts