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Lecar, Myron

Container:
Box 19 of 24
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted for 15 years; until Jan-01-2028. These records contain sensitive information and will be redacted by SIA before use by researchers. Boxes 6-11 contain materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid. Transferring office; 8/19/2013 memorandum, Johnstone to Murphy; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-076, Smithsonian Institution. Office of Fellowships and Internships, Program Records
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Lecar, Myron, 1966

Container:
Box 7 of 10
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 16-263, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Publications and Information, Publication Files
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Myron Lecar Papers

Creator::
Lecar, Myron  Search this
Extent:
6 cu. ft. (6 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Color negatives
Color photographs
Place:
Solar system
Date:
1956-2010
Descriptive Entry:
Myron "Mike" Lecar was born on April 10, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York. He received an S.B. in industrial engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1951 and an M.S. in industrial engineering from Case Institute of Technology in 1953. From 1954 to 1958, Lecar served as an officer in the U. S. Navy, developing and teaching nuclear weapons technology and working on Project Vanguard.

Later he studied astronomy at Yale University and received his Ph.D. in 1963 carrying out some of the earliest computer modeling of stellar atmospheres. As a graduate student, Lecar was one of the founding members of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University in 1962.

Acting on an invitation of Fred Whipple, Lecar joined the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) in 1965. While at SAO, Lecar's research interests included gravitational dynamics, planet formation, and the dynamics of our solar system. The author or co-author of more than 90 scientific articles, Lecar was also the principle investigator on a grant from the Smithsonian Institution to collaborate with Tel Aviv University in the planning, construction and commissioning of the Wise Observatory in the Negev desert in Israel. Before his retirement as Senior Astrophysicist in 2009, Lecar was a founding member of the Harvard Origins of Life Initiative.

On May 30, 2005, Lecar married Rosemary Johnson in Belmont, Massachusetts after having been a part of each other's lives for some 27 years. At the age of 81, Lecar passed away in 2011.

This accession consists of materials that document the professional and personal life of SAO astrophysicist, Myron Lecar. A significant portion of the records consist of materials related to Lecar's work on the planning and construction of the Florence and George Wise Observatory in Israel. The other significant portion consists of personal journals that Lecar kept that documented his personal life, his thoughts, and his interactions with the people around him. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, grant proposals, reports, financial records, publicity materials, press releases, journals, brochures, images, curriculum vitae, clippings, and other related records.
Topic:
Gravitational fields  Search this
Planets -- Origin  Search this
Astrophysics  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Color negatives
Color photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-058, Myron Lecar Papers
Identifier:
Accession 18-058
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Scientific Council of the Wise Observatory, 1971

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Lecar, Myron  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-058, Myron Lecar Papers
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Establishment of operational expenses for the Wise Observatory after SFC-0-3005 grant ends - Meeting minutes, January 20, 1972

Collection Creator::
Lecar, Myron  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-058, Myron Lecar Papers
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Wise Observatory - Summary information, 1973

Collection Creator::
Lecar, Myron  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-058, Myron Lecar Papers
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Special meeting - Meeting minutes, April 29, 1973

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Lecar, Myron  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-058, Myron Lecar Papers
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Instrumentation meeting, May 9, 1973

Collection Creator::
Lecar, Myron  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-058, Myron Lecar Papers
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Graduate studies in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 1973-1974, 1974-1975

Collection Creator::
Lecar, Myron  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-058, Myron Lecar Papers
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Prospective projects

Collection Creator::
Lecar, Myron  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-058, Myron Lecar Papers
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Reports

Collection Creator::
Lecar, Myron  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-058, Myron Lecar Papers
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Notes, 1971-1972

Collection Creator::
Lecar, Myron  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-058, Myron Lecar Papers
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Publications lists, 1972-1976

Collection Creator::
Lecar, Myron  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-058, Myron Lecar Papers
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Articles, 1973

Collection Creator::
Lecar, Myron  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-058, Myron Lecar Papers
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Images, circa 1971-1973 (2 folders)

Collection Creator::
Lecar, Myron  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-058, Myron Lecar Papers
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Myron Lecar Papers
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Clippings, circa 1971-1973 (2 folders)

Collection Creator::
Lecar, Myron  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-058, Myron Lecar Papers
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Untitled

Collection Creator::
Lecar, Myron  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Summary:
Mount Sinai Observatory
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-058, Myron Lecar Papers
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Proposal, 1979

Collection Creator::
Lecar, Myron  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-058, Myron Lecar Papers
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Correspondence, 1978-1979

Collection Creator::
Lecar, Myron  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-058, Myron Lecar Papers
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Myron Lecar Papers
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Correspondence - Perkin-Elmer, 1978

Collection Creator::
Lecar, Myron  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-058, Myron Lecar Papers
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