As an amateur astronomer his contributions to the world of amateur astronomy are immense. He is most notable for being the promoter of a design for large, portable, low-cost Newtonian reflecting telescopes that bears his name, the Dobsonian telescope - a telescope that brought amateur astronomy to a whole new level.
On September 14 2010, John is turning 95 and here's your chance to send birthday wishes to him!
How to send the birthday messages:
1) Email your message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Leave your message as a comment to this article.
Make sure to include your name and location (city, country)
Do you have any photos taken with John Dobson? We would like to make a community album for him as well. Email your photos to email@example.com please include: when and where was the photo taken.
The birthday wishes will be put together by Thilina Heenatigala (Astronomers Without Borders) and these will be presented to John Dobson by Donna Smith (Sidewalk Astronomers).
Let's get together and wish John Dobson many more healthy orbits around the Sun!
John Dobson in January 2010
A Brief Biography of John Dobson
Articles by John Dobson
Articles About John Dobson
Official John Dobson page on Facebook
A Sidewalk Astronomer - a DVD featuring John Dobson
The Moon is New - science fiction book by John Dobson
John Dobson's 90th Birthday - a commemorative Book
Beyond Space and Time - book by John Dobson
Image credit: Louisville Astronomical Society.