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In Memoriam – Dr. Stephen Hawking

We join today with our colleagues in exploration, science and discovery, in mourning the loss of Dr. Stephen Hawking, a friend and supporter of The Explorers Club.

Considered by many to have been the world’s greatest living scientist, Dr. Hawking was also a noted mathematician, author and cosmologist. As fellow cosmologist and theoretical physicist, Lawrence Krauss, said of Dr. Hawking, “a star just went out in the cosmos.we have lost an amazing human being.” We share those most profound thoughts.

Though tethered to a wheelchair for the greater part of his life, few have led such a full life, marked with brilliance, humor and an invincibility of spirit. We at The Explorers Club were so fortunate to have shared valuable and important moments with Dr. Hawking, as he generously contributed to two Annual Dinners.

The world has lost an extraordinary scientist, but his accomplishments shall continue to have a profound effect on us all.

Richard Wiese – President

“Jurassic CSI” with Dr. Phil Manning & Dr. Victoria Egerton

On Thursday, November 2, 2017, we enjoyed an entertaining, educational, and fascinating evening with world renowned paleontologists and geologists Dr. Phil Manning, and his wife Dr. Victoria Egerton.

Besides being the host of several National Geographic series, and author of “Grave Secrets of Dinasaurs,” Dr Manning is currently a Professor of Paleontology at College of Charleston, and Director of the college’s Mace Brown Museum of Natural History. Dr Egerton is a Professor of Geology at College of Charleston. Both are also Extraordinary Visiting Scientists at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Drs. Manning and Egerton have conducted digs all over the world.

The Great St. Louis Eclipse

TOTALITY: SOLAR CORONA FRINGE WITH RED EXCITED HYDROGEN PROMINENCE. Photo: Dr. David Galbraith

by Marguerite Garrick MN’03
published in The Explorers Log, Fall 2017

To our considerable relief, August 21, 2017 dawned clear and hot. All of us had been anxiously watching the rapidly changing weather forecasts, praying that no clouds would mar our once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view a total solar eclipse in our own backyard. This was the first total eclipse in St. Louis since 1422 and the next one won’t be until 2505, so we didn’t want to miss it! Because of the worldwide interest in this eclipse we feared heavy traffic on the north/south highways and left early for our viewing destination. A good friend of many of our Chapter members had offered to let our Chapter watch the eclipse at her beautiful, historic home Greystone, on the banks of the Mississippi River just south of Pevely, Missouri; totality would be 2 minutes and 31 seconds.

Dr. David Galbraith, a close friend and colleague of TEC, and St. Louis Chapter member Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson FN’11 were already setting up telescopes with solar filters and other equipment brought from Toronto where Galbraith is Director of Science at the Royal Botanical Garden. All of us greatly benefitted from and were delighted by what we could see through the telescopes during and after totality!

We’d brought boxed lunches which we ate spread out on the lawns and terrace overlooking the river while waiting. A huge cheer went up in the group of 60 when the first sliver of the sun disappeared. We all had solar glasses, but the best way to see the early stages other than through the telescopes, was in the cardboard pinhole viewers I’d made for Past Chapter Chair Benjamin MN’07, and Eileen Hulsey’s two grandchildren.

CHAPTER MEMBERS AND GUESTS VIEWING THE ECLIPSE

Gradually it grew darker and crescent shaped shadows appeared on the terrace and on the umbrellas. It grew as dark as dusk. Cicadas and crickets began to sing, birds flew to roost, and a pale orange afterglow settled on the trees across the river. We were all staring at the sun through our glasses as totality approached when all at once it was gone! For 2 minutes and 31 seconds we stared at this miraculous celestial event with our naked eyes, all of us moved and awed by how beautiful it was.

One of our members recorded a 12-degree temperature drop at totality, and as it gradually became lighter and hotter we shared a champagne toast to this unforgettable experience.

Damien Mander and the International Anti-Poaching Foundation

On Tuesday, October 25, 2016 the Explorers Club St. Louis dinner program featured conservationist and anti-poaching activist Damien Mander.

Damien used his life savings and liquidated his assets to fund the start-up and running costs of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation – an organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of wildlife in some of the world’s most volatile regions.

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