American astronomerDied when: 98 years 123 days (1180 months)
Star Sign: Virgo
John Lowry Dobson (14 September 1915 – 15 January 2014) was an American amateur astronomer and is best known for the Dobsonian telescope, a portable, low-cost Newtonian reflector telescope.
He was also known for his efforts to promote awareness of astronomy (and his unorthodox views of physical cosmology) through public lectures including his performances of "sidewalk astronomy".
Dobson was also the co-founder of the amateur astronomical group, the San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers.
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