Blaauw Adriaan - Gaia
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Adriaan Blaauw (1914-2010) passed away on the 1st December 2010. Amongst Adriaan's many contributions to astronomy over a long career, he served as Chair of the Scientific Programme Selection Committee for Hipparcos, between 1981-90, supervising the scientific priorities of proposals competing for including stars within the Hipparcos observing list. He has always maintained a strong interest in the use of data from Hipparcos, for instance the observations of OB associations confirming some of his insights into the star formation process made more than half a century ago. Adriaan was Honorary Chair of the Scientific Organising Committee of the Gaia Symposium which was held in Paris in October 2004.
Obituaries can be found at the Leiden Observatory and ESO web sites.
[Published: 12/04/2004 | Updated: 10/12/2010]
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