Ken Franklin: 1923-2007

Ken Franklin died this past Monday at the age of 84.

For those of you who don’t remember him, he was for years the chairman of the American Museum – Hayden Planetarium, a seat now held by Dr. Neil DeGrasse-Tyson, and was one of the two scientists who discovered radio emissions from the planet Jupiter.

I remember seeing him on television several times when something interesting was going on in the sky, and I credit him with my early interest in astronomy.

A more complete bio can be found on the Sky & Telescope Magazine site.

2 thoughts on “Ken Franklin: 1923-2007

  1. Thanks for remembering him, and sharing here. He loved sharing his fascination for the natural world, and it was his greatest validation that so many of today’s astronomers, amateur and professional, were stimulated first by a sky show he wrote, or a class he taught.

  2. Christine;

    Thanks for stopping by to read my small tribute. I hope you and your family are doing well. Your father touched many, many lives, and he has left a legacy of a sense of profound awe and wonder at the natural universe. I think that is something that you can hold in your hearts with pride.

    Please convey my deepest sympathies to your family.


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