Lowell42 | Examining a Genius: The Triumph and Tragedy of Robert Burnham, Jr.
Robert Burnham, Jr. compiled one of the most popular astronomy books ever—the three-volume observing bible, Burnham’s Celestial Handbook—while working at Lowell Observatory in the mid-20th century. Yet Burnham was enigmatic and tragic in many ways.
Lowell Observatory Historian Kevin Schindler will host a panel discussion that explores Burnham, what drove him, and the personality of a genius.
Flagstaff Mayor Paul Deasy will also be there to issue an official proclamation designating August 13 as Robert Burnham Jr. Day!
- Journalist Tony Ortega, who in 1998 wrote the defining account of Burnham’s life
- Donna Courtney, Burnham’s niece and only surviving relative
- Dr. William Sheehan, astronomy historian and retired psychiatrist
- Brian Skiff, renowned sky expert who has worked for nearly 40 years at Lowell Observatory