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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