JILA Fellow Peter Conti has Passed Away

Submitted by kennac on Wed, 06/23/2021 - 2:03 pm

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Peter Conti

Fellow Adjoint of JILA and Retired/Emeritus Fellow of JILA, Peter Conti, has passed away. Conti died at the age of 87 due to complications from a car accident that occurred on June 12, 2021. Conti was a JILA Fellow for many years, whose research dealt with understanding the nature and evolution of massive hot luminous stars. His work has studied O-type, Wolf-Rayet, and Luminous Blue Variables.

The International Astronomical Union has named Minor Planet 25961 "Conti", in honor of Dr. Conti's work in astronomy. Dr. Conti's work was groundbreaking and his presence will be missed at JILA. 

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