Spot the CV

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Rigil Kent (March 12, 2009, 11:41:17 AM):
Right, who's clever? Well, obviously all of you, but lets see who can first name the individual described in the following summary based on his/her Wikipedia article. (Please switch your search engines off, you either know this or you don't ;)):

This person was born on September 14, 1915 in Beijing, China. His mother was a musician, and his father a zoologist. He moved to San Francisco, California in 1927, and spent 23 years in a monastery. He became a very influential and popular amateur astronomer, and became known as the "pied piper of astronomy". He often leverages this popularity to draw attention to his unorthodox views of cosmology.

Enough clues. Who are we talking about?

Mintaka
Mefiante (March 12, 2009, 12:11:23 PM):
Initials JD, leader of the SF SAs, and a fun populariser of science.

Will the first person to give it away explicitly lose…? :P

'Luthon64
Rigil Kent (March 12, 2009, 12:31:06 PM):
Well done 'Luthon. John Dobson is well known for being the first person to attach a Newtonian reflector to a low cost revolving cannon mount, resulting in the ever so popular Dobsonian telescope.

Oh, did I mention the rule that the first person who guesses right has to provide the clues for the next celebrity?

Mintaka
Mefiante (March 12, 2009, 12:53:52 PM):
Okay, here goes: Born 1914 around Tulsa, Oklahoma, this prolific populariser of mathematics, science and philosophy has published more than 70 books, and hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, including a 25-year stint as a columnist with a well-known science magazine. He has a particular fascination with the works of one Charles Lutwidge Dodgson ( ;) ). He served a few years in the US Navy as a yeoman during WWII, and later moved to New York with his wife Charlotte who died in the year 2000. He’s also an accomplished stage magician and eminent sceptic, though one with theist leanings.

'Luthon64
Rigil Kent (March 12, 2009, 14:33:06 PM):
My best guess is Michio Kaku, but the years must have been kind.

Mintaka

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