n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - John Dobson : obituary




John Lowry Dobson was born on September 14, 1915, in Beijing, China and died on January 15, 2014 in Burbank, California. He was arguably one of the best known amateur astronomers in the world for two reasons. Firstly, having made the night skies available to many people around the world with his simple telescope design, affectionately referred to nowadays as a "Dobbie", and secondly for his founding of "Sidewalk Astronomy".


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