A Guide to the Frank N. Bash Papers
Frank N. Bash, Ph.D., served from 1989-2003 as director of the University of Texas McDonald Observatory, one the world's foremost astronomical research institutions located near Fort Davis, Texas.
A native of Medford, Oregon, Bash earned his bachelor's degree from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon; his master's degree in astronomy from Harvard University; and his doctorate from the University of Virginia. A well-known and widely published specialist in radio astronomy, Bash joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in 1969. He served as Chairman of the UT Department of Astronomy from 1982 through 1986. In 1985, he was named the Frank N. Edmonds Regents Professor of Astronomy. As a researcher, Bash was interested in large-scale star formation processes in spiral galaxies. He won numerous awards for the quality of his teaching, and was named to the teaching excellence Hall of Fame at UT Austin in 1984.
As the director of the McDonald Observatory, Bash led the effort for the design, funding, and construction of the 11-meter Hobby-Eberly Telescope, which has the largest primary mirror in the world.
Bash also led the effort to expand the public outreach programs of the McDonald Observatory. These programs included the observatory's Visitors' Center, the Texas Astronomy Education Center, and StarDate radio.
(from the UT Astronomy Department)
The Bash Papers reflect his career at the University of Texas at Austin, and include extensive documentation of his work as director of the McDonald Observatory and his involvement in special projects such as the Spectroscopic Survey Telescope (SST) and the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET). Also included are his personal research files and collected data, teaching files, correspondence, budgetary files, a small component of photographs, and publications/promotional literature related to the McDonald Observatory.
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Frank N. Bash Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
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Detailed Description of the Papers