Ewen A. Whitaker, Director: 1956-1958
Ewen Adair Whitaker succeeded Wilkins as Director, having specialised in lunar study since the early 1950s. In 1954 he produced the first systematic chart of the south polar regions. His tenure as Director was regrettably short since he was invited to America to join Gerard Kuiper’s lunar team, first at Yerkes and then at Arizona, where it became the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Ewen Whitaker went on to become one of the most significant lunar scientists of the time, working on the Photographic Lunar Atlas, the Orthographic Atlas of the Moon and the Rectified Lunar Atlas, all of which were used by NASA in preparation for the Apollo programme. He also wrote a history of lunar cartography, Mapping and Naming the Moon (1999). In 1982 he was awarded the Goodacre Medal. Ewen Whitaker died on October 11, 2016, at the age of 94.
An obituary of Ewen Whitaker’s life has been writen by Bill Leatherbarrow & Richard Baum, which can be viewed here.
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