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Heather Couper

British astronomer

Died when: 70 years 262 days (848 months)
Star Sign: Gemini

Heather Anita Couper, (2 June 1949 – 19 February 2020) was a British astronomer, broadcaster and science populariser.After studying astrophysics at the University of Leicester and researching clusters of galaxies at Oxford University, Couper was appointed senior planetarium lecturer at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

She subsequently hosted two series on Channel 4 television – The Planets and The Stars – as well as making many TV guest appearances.

On radio, Couper presented the award-winning programme Britain’s Space Race as well as the 30-part series Cosmic Quest for BBC Radio 4.

Couper served as President of the British Astronomical Association from 1984 to 1986, and was Astronomy Professor in perpetuity at Gresham College, London.

She served on the Millennium Commission, for which she was appointed a CBE in 2007.Asteroid 3922 Heather is named in her honour.

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