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Davidsen, Arthur

Born: 1944 AD
Died: 2001 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Astrophysicist

1944 – Born on the 26th of May in Freeport, New York.

 

1966 – Davidsen finished A.B at Princeton University.

 

1968 – Commissioned in the US Navy and served as electronics officer and navigator aboard the WW II-vintage destroyer USS Samuel B. Roberts (DD-823), and later as scientific liaison officer at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC.

 

1972 – Graduated M.A at University of California, Berkeley.

 

1975 – Awarded Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley.

 

        – Joined the Johns Hopkins faculty as an assistant professor.

 

1976-1980 – Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow.

 

1979-1981 – He led the Johns Hopkins effort to establish the Space Telescope Science Institute on its Homewood Campus in Baltimore.

 

1979 – Recipient of Helen B. Warner Prize of the American Astronomical Society.

 

1980 – He was promoted to Professor of Physics.

 

1982-1990 – Served on the Space Telescope Institute Council of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy.

 

1984 – Elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

 

1985 – Served as first Director of Center for Astrophysical Sciences.

 

1989 – Chairman of its Astronomy Section.

 

1990 – He served for two years as the first chairman of the Space Telescope Users Committee.

 

1991 – Elected to a five-year term on the university’s Academic Council.

 

       – Awarded the Johns Hopkins University Presidential Citation.

 

1992 – He was the AURA Board of Directors.

 

1995 – Discovered the evidence for the existence of a massive black hole in the center of the galaxy M87.

 

1996 – Fellow of the American Physical Society.

 

1997 – Davidsen served as Interim Dean of the Faculty of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins.

 

1998 – Organized the 20th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Baltimore.

 

2001 – He died unexpectedly on 19th of July at the age of 57, from a severe lung disorder.