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Fred Whipple
(5 Nov 1906 - 30 Aug 2004)

American astronomer who proposed the “dirty snowball” model for comet nuclei. Whipple suggested (1950) that comets have icy cores inside thin insulating layers of dirt, and that jets of material ejected as a result of solar heating were the cause of orbital changes.

Science Quotes by Fred Whipple (4 quotes)

Among the planets, Jupiter is definitely the solar system’s bad boy in disturbing the motions of all the planets and asteroids[, with] … a “lion’s share” of the mass of the entire planet family….
— Fred Whipple
In Earth, Moon and Planets (1963), 29.
Science quotes on:  |  Asteroid (19)  |  Disturb (31)  |  Family (101)  |  Jupiter (28)  |  Mass (160)  |  Motion (320)  |  Planet (402)  |  Solar Systems (5)

Each planet acquires more individuality and becomes more interesting as additional facts accumulate.
— Fred Whipple
In Earth, Moon and Planets (1963), 2.
Science quotes on:  |  Accumulate (30)  |  Fact (1257)  |  Individuality (25)  |  Interest (416)  |  Planet (402)

One single equation for the motion of the Moon covers some 250 large-size pages and represents the major effort of a lifetime.
— Fred Whipple
In Earth, Moon and Planets (1963), 28.
Science quotes on:  |  Cover (40)  |  Effort (243)  |  Equation (138)  |  Lifetime (40)  |  Major (88)  |  Moon (252)  |  Motion (320)  |  Page (35)  |  Represent (157)  |  Single (365)

We could choose to do it now. We could choose to protect ourselves from asteroids and comets rather than from each other.
— Fred Whipple
Concluding remark for Ch. 23, 'Comets May Be Dangerous For Your Health', The Mystery of Comets (1985), 249.
Science quotes on:  |  Asteroid (19)  |  Choose (116)  |  Comet (65)  |  Ourselves (247)  |  Protect (65)

See also:
  • 5 Nov - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Whipple's birth.
  • The Mystery of Comets, by Fred L. Whipple and Daniel W.E. Green. - book suggestion.

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