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By Robert H. Koch

Robert H. Koch

Robert H. Koch 1929 – 2010. We are deeply saddened that Robert H. Koch has passed away. Please click the picture for his obituary.

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Author’s Background

I held academic appointments at Amherst and Mt. Holyoke Colleges and the Universities of Massachusetts, New Mexico and Pennsylvania. For essentially all of this time there were grant funds to support my observational research locally, at Kitt Peak, remotely in New Zealand, and in Earth orbit with the International Ultraviolet Explorer spacecraft.

I retired from teaching in 1996, none too soon in the opinion of numerous people. This permitted me to continue astronomical research, mostly on close binary stars; travel to Europe, Central America, Korea, Canada and across the U.S.; admire many species of birds; enjoy varieties of foods; compose a family history that goes back to the end of the 18th century; read; attend the Chicago Lyric Opera repeatedly; and work endlessly on our house and property.

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Copyright © 2009, 2010 by Robert H. Koch

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Stars, Companions, and their Interactions: A Memorial to Robert H. Koch, August 10-12, 2011
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Geometrical Constraints on the Hot Spot in Beta Lyrae
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ApJ, 750:59 (13pp), May 1, 2012
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Selected Pictures of Penn Astronomical Instruments
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Robert H. Koch’s Work on Lightweight Medium-Aperture Mirrors
By Bruce D. Holenstein and Richard J. Mitchell
JASS, vol.29, no.1, pp.79-84, March, 2012
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The Penn Polarimeters
By Robert H. Koch, George W. Wolf, Anthony B. Hull, Nicholas M. Elias II, Bruce D. Holenstein, and Richard J. Mitchell
JASS, vol.29, no.1, pp.69-77, March, 2012
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The Pierce-Blitzstein Photometer – The PBPHOT
By C. Ambruster, T. Hull, R.H. Koch, R. J. Mitchell, R. E. Smith
American Astronomical Society, 213th Meeting in Long Beach, HAD IV: Paper 320.03, June, 2012
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Selected Pictures of G. W. Cook’s Instruments
By B. D. Holenstein and R. J. Mitchell, September 9, 2011
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Calibrated Astronomical Photoelastic Modulator Polarimeter at the Flower and Cook Observatory
By W. Blitzstein, R.H. Koch, R.J. Mitchell, B. D. Holenstein and N.M. Elias, 1993
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The Pennsylvania Polarimeters
By G. Wolf, T. Hull, N. M. Elias, B. D. Holenstein, and R. J. Mitchell, August 10-12, 2011
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Robert H. Koch’s Work on Medium Aperture Mirrors
By Bruce D. Holenstein and Richard J. Mitchell, August 10-12, 2011
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