Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University.
He played a leading role in the American space program since its inception. He was a consultant and adviser to NASA since
the 1950's, briefed the Apollo astronauts before their flights to the Moon, and was an experimenter on the Mariner, Viking,
Voyager, and Galileo expeditions to the planets.
He helped solve the mysteries of the high temperatures of Venus, the seasonal changes on Mars and the reddish haze of Titan.
Irish dramatist, poet, author and one of the most iconic figures from
late Victorian society. For his sexuality he suffered the indignity and shame of imprisonment.
For a long time his name was synonymous with scandal and intrigue.
However with changing social attitudes he is remembered with great affection for his biting social criticism, wit and linguistic skills.
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