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Thomas Gold (1920–2004) by unknown photographer, 1968 Cornell University, Office of Visual Services; courtesy of the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library

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Gold, Thomas [Tommy] (1920–2004), astrophysicist, was born on 22 May 1920 in Vienna, Austria, the son of Max Gold, a wealthy industrialist and a director of Austria's largest mining company, and his wife, Josefine, née Martin, a former child actress. His early childhood was spent in a privileged environment, and it seemed natural that he would follow his father into business. However, the steep economic downturn in ...

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Kahn, Franz Daniel (1926–1998), astrophysicist and mathematician, was born on 13 May 1926 in Nuremberg, Germany, the only son and the younger child of Siegfried Kahn (1894–1967), a company director, and his wife, Grete, née Mann (1896–1980). His parents were German Jews; his father was a successful manufacturer of children's toys. In 1938 the family moved to ...

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Pagel, Bernard Ephraim Julius (1930–2007), astrophysicist, was born on 4 January 1930 in Berlin, the only surviving child of Walter Traugott Ulrich Pagel (1898–1983), medical historian and pathologist, and his wife, (Maria) Magdalene E. (Magda), née Koll (1894–1980). His grandfather Julius Leopold Pagel...