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NOAO Newsletter - National Solar Observatory - December 1998 - Number 56


Sac Peak Vacuum Tower Telescope Renamed the Richard B. Dunn Solar Telescope

The 19th annual Sacramento Peak workshop on High Resolution Solar Physics this year was dedicated to Richard B. Dunn on the occasion of his retirement. The highlight of the workshop was the rededication of the Vacuum Tower Telescope to Dick on 30 September 1998. The ceremony accompanying the renaming of the telescope The Richard B. Dunn Solar Telescope was attended by the many scientists from all over the world who participated in the workshop, as well as numerous others who had come to celebrate this momentous occasion.

Dick Dunn was the inventor of vacuum solar telescopes and the creator of what will probably from now on routinely be called the Dunn Telescope. This telescope, though originally dedicated 29 years ago, still represents the state-of-the-art in solar telescopes. It remains one of the world's premier telescopes in its sophistication among day or nighttime telescopes. In naming the telescope after Dick, the solar astronomy community expresses not only its admiration for his ingenuity but also its appreciation of his generous support in the creation of solar observing facilities worldwide.

Dr. Dunn          Dr. Dunn

The renaming ceremony was attended by most of the National Solar Observatory's past directors (Jack Evans, Dick Dunn himself, Jack Zirker, and John Leibacher), as well as directors from many other solar observatories worldwide, including: Oskar von der Lühe (German Kiepenheuer Institute), Michael Knoelker (High Altitude Observatory), Göran Scharmer (Swedish Observatory), Alan Title (Stanford-Lockheed Institute for Scientific Research), Rob Rutten (Dutch Open Telescope), Arnold Hanslmeier (Graz/Kanzelhöhe Observatory), Phil Goode (Big Bear Solar Observatory), and Ye Binxun representing Ai Guoxiang (Beijing Astronomical Observatory). A letter by US Senator Jeff Bingeman (D-NM) with "An Appreciation of Richard B. Dunn" was read before the official unveiling of the commemorative plaque by Ben Snavely (NSF) and Goetz Oertel (AURA).

Jacques Beckers


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