TITLE: Scanlon, Leo John
DATES AND PLACES OF BIRTH AND DEATH:
Father: John Scanlon
Mother: Mary (Knoebel) Scanlon
ASTRONOMICAL CONTRIBUTION AND SIGNIFICANCE:
Following a visit to America's first major planetarium,
Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Leo, and other AAAP members, lobbied foundations
and government officials to have a planetarium built in Pittsburgh. Their
efforts were successful with the opening of The Buhl Planetarium and
Leo, at the urging of Harvard College Observatory Director
Harlow Shapley, worked hard to form the Astronomical League, which was
officially established in July of 1947, at a meeting at Fels Planetarium, Franklin
Buhl Planetarium Assists in Creation of
The Astronomical League
“Leo J. Scanlon Amateur Astronomer, Built First Aluminum-Domed Observatory.” Obituary.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1999 Nov. 29: A-15.
"Astronomers Await 'Transit Of Mercury'."
The Pittsburgh Press 1940 Nov. 1: 5.
Pittsburgh's Buhl Planetarium to broadcast information program on upcoming Transit of Mercury on KQV radio.
Buhl Planetarium Director Arthur L. Draper credited Pittsburgh's "No. 1" amateur astronomer, Leo Scanlon, with
proposing the radio broadcast of the event.
BIOGRAPHICAL WEB SITE: < http://old.3ap.org/features/leo/leoScanlonBio1.shtml >
AUTHOR AND AUTHOR AFFILIATION:
Glenn A. Walsh, free-lance writer and Internet web page designer.
Former Planetarium Lecturer and Astronomical Observatory Coordinator, Buhl
Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science,
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