Shapiro Named Head of CFA

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Irwin I. Shapiro is named director of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, effective January 1, 1983. He also became, as of July 1, Paine professor of practical astronomy at Harvard and a Smithsonian senior scientist. Effective January 1983, Shapiro takes over as director of the Harvard College Observatory and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.


  • Shapiro, Irwin I
  • Harvard College Observatory
  • Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 4, "The Torch," August 1982, p. 1.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1982. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983, p. 376.

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July 1, 1982


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