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Tim Hunter

Tim Hunter obtained a B.A. degree from DePauw University in 1966 and the M.D. degree from Northwestern University in 1968.  He also received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Arizona in 1980.  Currently, he is a Professor in the Department of Radiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona.     

Tim Hunter has been an amateur astronomer since 1950.  He is also a prime example of someone whose hobby has run amok, spending more time and money on it than common sense would dictate.  He recently completed a Masters degree (MSc) in Astronomy from Swinburne University.  Since 1986, he has been interested in the growing problem of light pollution.  In 1987, Tim Hunter and Dr. David Crawford founded the International Dark-Sky Association, Inc. (IDA).  IDA is a nonprofit corporation devoted to promoting quality outdoor lighting and combating the effects of light pollution.


Tim Hunter at the 2004 Starry Nights Festival (SNF), Yucca Valley, CA. (courtesy Wally Pacholka)


James McGaha

James Mcgaha obtained a B.S. degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1973 and the M.A. degree from Webster University in 1984.  He also received a Master of Science degree in astronomy from the University of Arizona in 1992.  He is a retired pilot from the United States Air Force.  Currently, he is the Director of the Grasslands Observatory.     

James McGaha has been an amateur astronomer since 1956.    Since 1976, he has been interested in the growing belief in pseudoscience.  In 1983, James McGaha founded the Tucson Skeptics, Inc. (TUSK).  TUSK is a nonprofit corporation devoted to promoting science and debunking pseudoscience. He serves as a scientific consultant to the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.



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