Lawrence H. Aller was born in Tacoma, WA on September 24, 1913. He developed an early interest in astronomy and, despite not
graduating from high school, attended the University of California, Berkeley. After receiving his bachelor's degree, he attended
Harvard, and earned his PhD in 1942. He taught at Indiana University and the University of Michigan and, in 1962, he became
a professor at UCLA, where he remained for the rest of his career. During that time, he published six books and hundreds of
scholarly articles, mostly dealing with gaseous nebulae and stellar atmospheres. He died in Los Angeles on March 16, 2003.
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