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Les Golden, Renaissance Man, is an astronomer/professor, actor/stand-up comic, musician, card-counter, writer/cartoonist, environmentalist/animal welfare advocate. An identical twin, he was graduated from Cornell Univ.(B.S., M. Engr. Physics) and the Univ. of Calif., Berkeley (M.A., Ph.D, astronomy). He's best known as a gambling columnist for British magazines, his political activism, and as di


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Major Influences:  Knowles Cooke (theatre), Nina Grace Smith (writing), Frank Drake (astronomy), David W. Tucker (jazz),William J. Welch (astronomy), Del Close (improvisation), and Edward O. Thorp (card counting)

Birth Place
Chicago, IL U.S.A.
Accomplishments

Eric Hoffer and Lili Fabilli Laconic Essay Prize, the Griffith Observatory Science Writing Competition, the International Compuserve Magazine Essay Contest, First Prize in the Nicolaus Copernicus International Essay Competition (American Council of Polish Cultural Clubs, Phi Beta Kappa (arts and sciences), Tau Beta Pi (engineering), Pi Delta Epsilon (journalism), Who’s Who in Science and Technology, Who’s Who in the World, Fellow of American Institute for Economic Research (Great Barrington, Massachusetts), National Research Council Resident Research Associateship

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Most recent work: Laboratory Experiments in Physics for Modern Astronomy, Springer Science+Business (2012) http://www.springer.com/astronomy/astronomy,+observations+and+techniques/book/978-1-4614-3310-1 Leslie M. Golden is an internationally-known gambling writer, and has written books in diverse fields including astronomy and music notation as well as produced stage plays. He obtained his undergraduate education at Cornell University in engineering physics, with distinction, while working summers performing planetary exploration simulation studies at the AstroSciences Center of the Illinois Institute of Technology. At Cornell he worked with Bruce Hapke on characteristics of the lunar surface and studied under his early mentor, Frank Drake of SETI fame. His Ph.D was earned at the University of California, Berkeley, where he performed research in a variety of areas, working with Leland Cunningham on software for the determination of the orbits of comets, Carl Heiles on the definitive 21-cm map of the galaxy, Harold Weaver on selection effects in studying the evolution of quasars, and W.H. McCrea on isotropy of radio source counts with position over the sky. His dissertation, a microwave interferometric study of the subsurface of Mercury, was performed under William J. Welch with the prototype Hat Creek interferometer. It was cited as one of only two dissertations for excellence in the year of completion by the Berkeley chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Golden obtained a National Research Council grant and continued interferometric studies of Mercury at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and as a consultant at the Aerospace Corporation before receiving his academic appointment at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to numerous technical articles, he was the award-winning editor-in-chief of the Cornell Engineer magazine, and won the senior division of the Nicolaus Copernicus 500th Anniversary science-writing competition, the Eric Hoffer-Lili Fabilli Essay Award, the International Compuserve Essay Contest, and an award in the Griffith Observatory Science Writing Contest. He is the author of books in several genre, including Basic Composer: An Analysis of Music Notation Software (Music Education Incentives Publishers, 1988), Astronomy 101 (University of Illinois at Chicago Press, 1994), A Field Guide for Political Activists: How to Generate Support and Turn Out Your Voters (Lee Brooke Publishers, 2008), and Laboratory Experiments in Physics for Modern Astronomy (Springer Science+Business, April 2012 release). In demand as an authoritative and entertaining public speaker and lecturer, Dr. Golden, among many engagements, was selected by Royal Cruise Lines to be their on-board lecturer on the high seas during the 1986 apparition of Halley’s Comet, addressed the Adler Planetarium as the keynote speaker during the opening of their new wing, provided a lecture series on extraterrestrial life to the Field Museum of Natural History, and has been the only University of Illinois professor to be selected as a visiting faculty member on Semester at Sea through the University of Pittsburgh. He speaks widely to library, school, youth, and adult groups on various topics in astronomy. Dr. Golden is one of a handful of individuals who is a member of both Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honorary society, and Phi Beta Kappa, the arts and sciences honorary society. He was also elected to Pi Delta Epsilon, the honorary journalism society. He has homes in Oak Park, Illinois, and Reno, Nevada.

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934 Forest Avenue 
Oak Park IL 60302   U.S.A.
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Interview with Les Golden
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Personal website with multiple links to activities.

Les Golden's environmental activism
Environmental activism




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