Thornton Leigh Page
|Born|| 13 August 1913 |
|Died||2 January 1996 82) (aged|
|Children||Tanya (with Helen) |
Mary Anne and Leigh II (with Lou)
|Parent(s)||Leigh and Mary Page|
|Alma mater|| Yale (B.S.)|
Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society
|Doctoral advisor||Harry H. Plaskett|
Edward A. Milne
|Years of service||1942-1946|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Thornton Leigh Page was an American professor of astronomy at the University of Chicago and at Wesleyan University. He became embroiled in the controversy over unidentified flying objects (UFOs) after serving briefly on the Robertson Panel, a Central Intelligence Agency–sponsored committee of scientists assembled in Washington, D.C. from 14–18 January 1953 to study the available evidence on UFOs.
The University of Chicago is a private research university in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1890, the school is located on a 217-acre campus in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, near Lake Michigan. The University of Chicago holds top-ten positions in various national and international rankings.
Wesleyan University is a private liberal arts college in Middletown, Connecticut. It is a baccalaureate college that emphasizes undergraduate instruction in the arts and sciences, but also grants research master's and doctoral degrees in many academic disciplines.
The Robertson Panel was a scientific committee which met in January 1953 headed by Howard P. Robertson. The Panel arose from a recommendation to the Intelligence Advisory Committee (IAC) in December 1952 from a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) review of the U.S. Air Force investigation into unidentified flying objects, Project Blue Book. The CIA review itself was in response to widespread reports of unidentified flying objects, especially in the Washington, D.C. area during the summer of 1952.
Thornton Page was born in New Haven, CT on 13 August 1913 to Leigh Page, a physics instructor at Yale University, and Mary Page, trained as a nurse.He went on to receive a B.S. in physics from Yale in 1934, and was named a Rhodes Scholar, later earning a D.Phil. from Oxford University in 1938.
Yale University is a private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701, it is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution.
During World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater with the minelaying operations research group, serving in Guan, Tinian, and at sea. He was in Tokyo for the Japanese surrender, and had reported on the atomic tests at Bikini.
After his WWII service, Thornton Page served as a professor of astrophysics for the University of Chicago from 1946 until 1950.He then worked for the U.S. Army's Operations Research Office (ORO) from 1951 until 1958. In 1952, Thornton Page became the first editor of Journal of the Operations Research Society of America. As an astronomer for the ORO, he became embroiled in the controversy involving Unidentified Flying Objects in 1953.
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In late 1961, he was seriously injured in an automobile accident where he broke several bones and lost sight in one eye.He died in Houston on 2 January 1996.
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