Tuesday Trivia Answer: April 17, 2012

The answer to this week’s trivia question (What Iowa astronomer has helped in pioneering space research by designing research instruments for more than 50 successful U.S. satellites and space probes, and now has a campus building named after them?) is Dr. James Van Allen.

Even after his retirement, Van Allen maintained a regular presence at the UI physics building that bears his name. He conducted research, studied data collected from ongoing satellite missions, and met with students. He pursued his passion until the day he died, continuing to work from his bed at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

* Van Allen trained countless space scientists and astrophysicists and he was particularly proud of his achievements as an educator. In published tributes and online condolences after his death, former students, friends, and colleagues from across the globe illustrated his unmistakable reach through heartfelt notes of remembrance. They recalled him as a hardworking Iowan with a passion for knowledge, a mentor whose modesty and wisdom kept him humble in spite of his many accomplishments.

Congratulations to our winners, Douglas Finnegan, 90BBA, and S.T.A.T. member Margaret Boos!

Check back next week for another chance to participate and win!

*Content excerpted from Iowa Alumni Magazine.

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