Physicist whose work helped world see first moon walk dies

Ithaca (US), PTI | Updated : 19 February 2015, 09:57 AM

A physicist whose career was highlighted by research that helped capture moving images of the first moon walk has died. Ernest Sternglass was 91.  Cornell University says Sternglass died Thursday of heart failure in Ithaca, New York.

Sternglass corresponded early in his career with Albert Einstein, who encouraged him to pursue applied physics over theoretical research.

Cornell says Sternglass’ research helped lead to a sensitive television camera tube that captured low-light lunar action during the 1969 moon landing. He also performed pioneering work in digital X-rays.

He worked on medical imaging for many years at the Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Sternglass fled Nazi Germany with his family in 1938. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell, as well as his doctorate. 

First Published: Thursday, February 19, 2015 09:53 AM
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