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Obituary For Leader In Search For ET Life

From: Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk (Stig Agermose)
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 1998 04:34:18 +0200
Fwd Date: Fri, 10 Jul 1998 07:36:33 -0400
Subject: Obituary For Leader In Search For ET Life

>From the Boston Globe via the Miami Herald. URL:




Published Thursday, July 9, 1998, in the Miami Herald

Michael Papagiannis, astronomer, author

The Boston Globe

Michael D. Papagiannis led an international effort to find intelligent
extraterrestrial life. He has died of complications from Alzheimer's
disease in Naple, before that effort bore fruit. He was 65.

Papagiannis was the former director of the International Astronomical
Union's commission on the search for extraterrestrial life, a search
conducted primarily by radio, listening for transmissions from outside
our solar system.

In a story published in the January 1983 issue of Boston magazine, he
discussed the difficulty of the task.

"The problem is colossal," he said. "There are millions of stars to aim
at, and we have no idea at what frequency someone might be sending us
signals. Imagine driving your car in another state and trying to tune
in to a radio station you like, and then multiply this by a factor of a
billion or more and you'll have an idea of what we're up against."

He was born in Athens, where he graduated from the National Polytechnic
University. He earned a master's degree in physics at the University of
Virginia and a doctorate in physics and astronomy at Harvard University.

He wrote several books, including Space Physics and Space Astronomy=BF
and Strategies for the Search for Life in the Universe, and was editor
of Search for Extraterrestrial Life: Recent Developments.

He taught at Boston University from 1964 until his retirement in 1994
and was chairman of its astronomy department from 1969 to 1982. When he
retired, the astronomy library at the school was named in his honor.

He leaves his wife, Elizabeth Haines-Papagiannis; his first wife, Mary
Hutton; a son, Dimitrios, of Pasadena, Calif.; and a daughter,
Christina McCauley of Weymouth, Mass.

Copyright =A9 1998 The Miami Herald