Eleanor F. Helin

1932 - 2009

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Eleanor Francis "Glo" Helin (née Francis, 19 November 1932 – 25 January 2009) was an American astronomer. She was principal investigator of the Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT) program of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. (Some sources give her name as Eleanor Kay Helin.) Helin was a prolific discoverer of minor planets (see list) and several comets, including periodic comets 111P/Helin–Roman–Crockett, 117P/Helin–Roman–Alu and 132P/Helin–Roman–Alu. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Eleanor F. Helin has received more than 59,342 page views. Her biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Eleanor F. Helin is the 193rd most popular astronomer (up from 232nd in 2019), the 2,620th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,503rd in 2019) and the 34th most popular American Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Eleanor F. Helin ranks 193 out of 644Before her are Henri Debehogne, Edward L. G. Bowell, Andrew Graham, Robert Grant Aitken, Yrjö Väisälä, and Liisi Oterma. After her are Andreas Cellarius, Francis Baily, Nur ad-Din al-Bitruji, Martin Schwarzschild, Peter Andreas Hansen, and Jeremiah Horrocks.

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Among people born in 1932, Eleanor F. Helin ranks 151Before her are Yukio Shimomura, Isao Tomita, Walter Cunningham, Mustafa Tlass, Gato Barbieri, and Vasily Aksyonov. After her are Guðbergur Bergsson, John Hillerman, Boris Shakhlin, Dhirubhai Ambani, Nichelle Nichols, and Spyros Kyprianou. Among people deceased in 2009, Eleanor F. Helin ranks 94Before her are James Whitmore, Willy DeVille, Manea Mănescu, Edward Schillebeeckx, Hélio Gracie, and Vasily Aksyonov. After her are Henry Allingham, Samak Sundaravej, Yegor Gaidar, Susanna Agnelli, Ramaswamy Venkataraman, and Félix Malloum.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Eleanor F. Helin ranks 2,620 out of 20,380Before her are Adrian Smith (1944), Chester Carlson (1906), Tod Browning (1880), Jack Nicklaus (1940), Melissa McCarthy (1970), and Marvin Harris (1927). After her are Lew Ayres (1908), Drew Barrymore (1975), A. E. Waite (1857), John Grinder (1940), Dorothea Tanning (1910), and Walter Tevis (1928).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, Eleanor F. Helin ranks 34Before her are George Phillips Bond (1825), Harlow Shapley (1885), Michael H. Hart (1932), J. Allen Hynek (1910), William Henry Pickering (1858), and Robert Grant Aitken (1864). After her are Seth Barnes Nicholson (1891), Milton L. Humason (1891), Francis Preserved Leavenworth (1858), George William Hill (1838), Nancy Roman (1925), and Vesto Slipher (1875).