Yasuo Tanaka (astronomer)

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Yasuo Tanaka

Yasuo Tanaka (田中 靖郎, Tanaka Yasuo, 18 March 1931 – 18 January 2018) was a Japanese astrophysicist and a member of the Japan Academy. He was professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo and Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) (part of JAXA) in Kanagawa, Japan and guest scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany.

He was a pioneer in X-ray astronomy, leading the development and operation of the GINGA, TENMA, and ASCA satellites.[1] He died on 18 January 2018.[2]

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Named after him



  1. ^ a b "Tanaka, Yasuo". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  2. ^ Yasuo Tanaka (1932–2018)
  3. ^ "Y. Tanaka". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 14 February 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2016.