Science: Where, How & Why?

Last week Otto Struve had a triumphant day. On a sugarloaf-shaped mountain in southwestern Texas, Astronomer Struve. already director of the University of Chicago's famed Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin, took on an additional job: he officially accepted the directorship of the University of Texas' new McDonald Observatory, which houses the second largest operating telescope in the world. Its mirror is 82 inches across, just under seven feet.*

Otto Struve has seen more of life than most stargazers. Scion of a distinguished line of European astronomers, he was born in Kharkov, Russia, where his...

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