Title: Astronomer, Educator (Retired)
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
Laurence Larry Fredrick, retired astronomer and educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in astronomy and astrophysics.
Dr. Fredrick is a highly regarded astronomer who dedicated five decades of his life to the advancement of astrophysics. His interest in the field began when he was 13 years old. Living on a farm at the time, he would wake up every morning at 5:00am to milk the cows before the sun rose. Each day, he would watch as a bright shining star would change position from the day prior. Inspired by this experience, he made it his goal to learn as much as he could and one day make an impact on the industry and the world. Dr. Fredrick served with the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1948. After his service, he attended Swarthmore College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts. He began his career as a research assistant for Sproul Observatory followed by a research associate for the Flower and Cook Observatory. From there, he achieved a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and took on prominent roles including astronomer for Lowell Observatory, Fulbright-Hays exchange lecturer and professor at the University of Vienna in Austria, and, finally, research professor and professor of astronomy for the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.
Dr. Fredrick’s expertise led him to consult in the field and take on roles within his industry including associate astronomer for the European Southern Observatory and visiting fellow for the Australian National University. Dr. Fredrick co-authored “Astronomy, 10th edition” in 1976, “Descriptive Astronomy” in 1978 and “An Introduction to Astronomy, 9th edition” in 1980. In addition, he served as secretary for the American Astronomical Society, secretary of the U.S. National Committee for the International Astronomical Union, member of the board of governors for the American Institute of Physics, trustee of the Universities for Space Research Association, secretary of the Society of Science Exploration, and member of the Royal Astronomical Society. As he looks to the future, Dr. Fredrick intends to continue enjoying his well-deserved retirement with family and friends.
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