A. G. W. Cameron 1925-2005, Biographical Memoir, National Academy of Sciences [CL]


Alastair Graham Walker Cameron was an astrophysicist and planetary scientist of broad interests and exceptional originality. A founder of the field of nuclear astrophysics, he developed the theoretical understanding of the chemical elements’ origins and made pioneering connections between the abundances of elements in meteorites to advance the theory that the Moon originated from a giant impact with the young Earth by an object at least the size of Mars. Cameron was an early and persistent exploiter of computer technology in the theoretical study of complex astronomical systems—including nuclear reactions in supernovae, the structure of neutron stars, and planetary collisions.

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Mon, 21 Aug 17

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