Über den Autor
William Sheehan is the author or co-author of a number of widely acclaimed books on astronomy, including Planets & Perception: telescopic views and interpretations, 1609-1909 (1988), which was named a Book-of-the-Year by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Worlds in the Sky (1992), a Main Selection of the Astronomy Book Club, The Immortal Fire Within: the life and work of Edward Emerson Barnard (1995), The Planet Mars (1996), In Search of Planet Vulcan (1997), Mars: the lure of the Red Planet (2001), Epic Moon (2001) and Transits of Venus (2004).
The author of a hundred fifty popular articles on astronomy, he is a contributing editor to Sky and Telescope, usually writing about unappreciated historical interludes involving the study of the Solar System. A 2001 fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for structure and evolution of the Milky Way, Gold Medalist of the Oriental Astronomical Association for his work predicting and observing flares on Mars in 2001, and honored by the International Astronomical Union with asteroid no. 16037 (Sheehan), he has observed Mars at the close oppositions of 2003 and 2005 with the 36-inch refractor at the Lick Observatory and lectured on astronomical topics around the world. Professionally, he is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist with an interest in Aspergers Syndrome/autism, functional-brain imaging, and evolutionary psychiatry.
Title is also available as part of a set: A Passion for the Planets (12534692)