History of Lick Observatory
Rod Norden has been a Public Outreach Telescope Operator at Lick Observatory for the last 4 years, and before that was a volunteer at Lick for the last 20 years. Rod got his first telescope in October 1957 to see Sputnik (when he was in the 3rd grade), and has spent his life studying astronomy in as well as the history of astronomy. Lick Observatory is one of the most important observatories with a long and fascinating history.
Rod earned a BS and MS in Astrophysics and Computer Science from University of Arizona in 1976 and 1978. While there, he worked at Kitt Peak National Observatory and worked on the Pioneer 10 and 11 missions to Jupiter where he handled image display from the first spacecraft to the outer solar system. In the 1970’s there were too few jobs for astronomers and too many jobs for computer scientists, so Rod went on to a 35-year career in writing software and teaching. Since retiring in 2004, Rod has taught Computer Science at Cabrillo College in addition to his work at Lick Observatory.
Please RSVP by 4/14/17 because prices will go up by $5 after that day!
The dinner will be buffet style.