n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Halton (Chip) Arp : obituary

Volume 73, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



Halton Christian Arp (March 21, 1927 - December 28, 2013) was one of the most interesting and controversial astronomers of the last century. He was born in New York to an artist father. Following irregular schooling, he entered Harvard, where he graduated in 1949. He then went to Caltech as a graduate student and obtained his PhD in 1953. His thesis under Walter Baade was on a massive study of novae in M31 which was highly significant for the use of novae as distance indicators.

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