John Simpson, University of Chicago physicist, was named the third Martin Marietta Chair in Space History by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington. Simpson designed and built U.S. instruments that were carried aboard Soviet spacecraft to encounter Halley’s Comet in 1986. During his year as chair, he will work with the Air and Space Museum and the University of Chicago to prepare historical accounts of his accomplishments.

G. Tom Shires, professor and chairman of the Cornell Medical College surgery department and surgeon-in-chief at New York Hospital, became provost for medical affairs of Cornell University October 26. Shires will remain chair of the surgery department, a position he has held for the last 12 years. He succeeds Thomas H. Melkle Jr., who has been named president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. " Shires, who joined Cornell in 1975 as the Lewis Atterbury Stimson Professor,...

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