William Livingston is an Astronomer Emeritus at the National Solar Observatory. He received an A.B. degree in physics from UCLA in 1953 and a Ph.D. degree in astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley, Calif, USA, 1959. He is an observer who has designed and used the solar telescopes at Kitt Peak working on, chronologically, electronic imaging devices, solar magnetographs, solar rotation observations, magnetic fields, and solar spectrum atlases. Since 1974, he has made monthly records of select Fraunhofer lines in the sun as a star to determine temperature changes and other activity cycle effects. He designed the Vacuum Telescope for daily mapping of solar magnetic fields and traveled and spent time in India and China. He also coauthored with David Lynch the Cambridge book Color and Light in Nature which deals with out-of-doors phenomena such as shadows, rainbows, halos, and clouds.
Biography Updated on 13 November 2011