ASTRONOMER JERRY NELSON, PIONEERING DESIGNER OF LARGE TELESCOPES, DIES AT AGE 73

[From University of California – Santa Cruz] – Jerry Nelson, a pioneering astronomer known for his innovative designs for advanced telescopes, died June 10 at his home in Santa Cruz. He was 73.

A professor emeritus of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz, Nelson was project scientist for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) and had served as project scientist for the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii from 1985 through 2012.

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