Astronomer Gerald Hawkins dies
Astronomer and crop circle researcher Gerald S. Hawkins, 75, died suddenly on May 26 doing what he loved: flying his remote-controlled model airplanes in the fields at his Rappahannock farm, Hawkridge.
Gerald S. Hawkins earned a Ph D in radio astronomy with Sir Bernard Lovell at Jodrell Bank, England, and a D Sc for astronomical research at the Harvard-Smithsonian Observatories. His undergraduate degrees were in physics and mathematics from London University. Hawkins' discovery that Stonehenge was built by neolithic people to mark the rising and setting of the sun and moon over an 18.6-year cycle stimulated the new field of archaeoastronomy. He was an author of several books, including "Stonehenge Decoded", "Beyond Stonehenge" and "Ancient Lines in the Peruvian Desert".
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