Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

October 24, 2002

Jesse L. Greenstein, 93, an astrophysicist known for his pioneering work on quasars and the evolution and composition of stars, died Monday in Pasadena, Calif., three days after falling and breaking his hip.

By 16, he was attending Harvard, where he eventually earned a Ph.D.

Dr. Greenstein came to the California Institute of Technology to organize a graduate astronomy program, which he headed from 1948 to 1972. In the 1950s, with partner Maarten Schmidt, he demonstrated that quasars, starlike objects that generate large amounts of light and radio waves, are relatively compact bodies.

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