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Paul Hodge

Paul Hodge

"I grew up in a small town before the days when everyone installed bright lights in their backyards. The stars were bright and the Milky Way and Andromeda were visible. As a school kid I built a couple of telescopes and a spectroheliograph and used them in our back yard to start out as an astronomer. A few years later, with a degree in physics from Yale and a doctorate in Astronomy from Harvard, I began a long association with my hometown school, the University of Washington. My major accomplishment there has been the pleasure of sponsoring two dozen young men and women as they did their Ph.D. theses in astronomy, which ranged in subjects from interplanetary dust to interacting galaxies. My own recent research has concentrated on the star formation properties of nearby galaxies, including the Andromeda Galaxy, glimpsed so many years ago from my backyard."