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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.