Timwarner

1985 FZ1. Discovered 1985 Mar. 22 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in memory of Timothy Warner (1961-1990), chief mission planner for the Cosmic Background Explorer's Diffuse Infrared Background Experiment (DIRBE). Tim skillfully integrated the science and engineering of DIRBE, translating the principal investigator's observing programs into common loads for the instrument that will perform an all-sky infrared survey and reveal the glow of the first stars and galaxies formed after the Big Bang. Prior to his work on COBE, he was an operations engineer for the Solar Maximum Mission's Coronagraph/Polarimeter experiment, scheduling the instrument and performing preliminary data analysis. He co-authored a paper on the instrument's observations of space debris, research that was consulted by Hubble Space Telescope engineers. Tim's artistic talents found expression in cartoons, paintings and contributions to Paramount Pictures' films, including special-effects work. He was also involved in rationalist causes, particularly in the exposure of flimflammery and fraudulent claims made in the name of science. Tim was found murdered on the night of 1990 Apr. 24, a day he had started with bright enthusiasm over the launch of the Space Telescope. (M 16885)

Name suggested and citation provided by S. T. Snell.

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