Aden Meinel: Astronomer, Optical Scientist, Founder and Scholar

Kristin Waller

Aden Meinel was the founding director of the University of Arizona Optical Sciences Center and the Kitt Peak National Observatory. With his wife and research partner, Marjorie, he also developed next-generation space-telescope concepts and pioneered the use of solar energy.


figureAden Meinel’s official portrait at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences.

When Steve Jobs, cofounder of Apple Inc., died last year, millions mourned. Everyone who owned an iPod, iPhone or iPad took a moment to memorialize an innovative inventor who lost a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Publish Date: 01 September 2012

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