|Thornton Leigh Page|
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13 August 1913|
New Haven, Connecticut
2 January 1996 (aged 82)|
Tanya (with Helen)|
Mary Anne and Leigh II (with Lou)
|Parents||Leigh and Mary Page|
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.
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.
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.
In 1958, he became a professor and head of the astronomy department at Wesleyan University. He resigned from Wesleyan in 1971 and began working for the United States Naval Research Laboratory until his retirement in 1976.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Osterbrock, Donald E. (August 1996). "Obituary: Thornton L. Page, 1913-1996". pp. 1461–1462. http://adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1996BAAS...28.1461O. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
- ↑ Shrader, Charles R. (2006). History of Operations Research in the United States Army. CMH Publication 70-102-1. Washington, DC: Center for Military History. p. 97. ISBN 0-16-072961-0. http://www.history.army.mil/html/books/hist_op_research/CMH_70-102-1.pdf.
- ↑ Robertson Panel (redacted 28 November 1994 FOIA) (18 January 1954). "Report Of Scientific Advisory Panel On Unidentified Flying Objects Convened By Office Of Scientific Intelligence, CIA". Washington, DC. http://www.cufon.org/cufon/robert.htm. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
- ↑ Schaeper, Thomas J.; Schaeper, Kathleen (2010). Rhodes Scholars, Oxford, and the Creation of an American Elite. New York, NY: Berghahn Books. p. 371. ISBN 978-1-84545-721-1.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Shrader 2006, pp. 125.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Thornton L. Page Papers, 1936-1983". 2013. http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaxtf/view?docId=vt/viblbv01161.xml. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
- Exclusive interview with member of CIA panel on UFOs, Open Minds
- Correspondence with Dr. Thornton Page, The Computer UFO Network, 27 October 1998
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