Professor John N. Bahcall championed the Hubble Space Telescope from its infancy to its ultimate scientific success. He was a tireless and enthusiastic advocate of the project for over three decades – before the scientific community, before NASA, and before Congress.
He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1934, and received his A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1956, his M.S. from the University of Chicago in 1957, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1961. Dr. Bahall was appointed to the faculty of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), Princeton, New Jersey in 1971 and served as the Richard Black Professor of Astrophysics at the IAS until his death in 2005.
Professor Bahcall was active in many areas of science policy relating to astronomy and physics, chairing numerous committees of the National Academy of Science, the U.S. National Committee of the International Astronomical Union and the National Underground Science Laboratory Committee, and advising or serving on Congressional committees.
Credit: Institute for Advanced Study, School of Natural Sciences, Princeton, New Jersey