Vainu Bappu

1979 KN. Discovered 1979 May 19 by R. M. West at La Silla.

Named in memory of Manali Kallat Vainu Bappu (1927-1982), famous Indian astrophysicist and a dear friend of the discoverer. Educated at Harvard and Caltech, he established, under difficult circumstances, the first modern Indian observatory at Naini Tal during the 1950s. Appointed director of the Kodaikanal Observatory in 1960, he subsequently founded and directed the Indian Institute of Astrophysics in Bangalore. He was the initiator and driving force of many projects, among them the 2.3-m Kavalur telescope, entirely designed and built in India. In the multiple roles of brilliant scientist, teacher and administrator, he contributed decisively to the high level of astronomy and astrophysics in India today. He served as vice-president (1967-1973) and president (1979-1982) of the IAU and as chairman of the editorial board of the Indian Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics. (M 10043)

Obituaries published in Messenger, No. 29, p. 1, No. 30, p. 1-2 (1982); Astrophys. Space Sci., Vol. 89, No. 1, p. 3-4 (1983); J. Astrophys. Astron., Vol. 3, No. 3, p. 217-218 (1983); Patrika, No. 5, p. 13 (1983); Sky Telesc., Vol. 65, No. 2, p. 137 (1983); Trans. IAU, Vol. XVIII B, p. 1-6 (1983); Bull. Astron. Soc. India, Vol. 10, No. 4, p. 275-279 (1982); Q.J.R. Astron. Soc., Vol. 24, No. 3, p. 360-361 (1983).

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