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Astrophysicist Jesse Greenstein was the first to correctly describe the nature of quasars, co-discovered cosmic radio noise emanating from our galaxy and proved that stars in globular clusters have fewer heavy elements and thus predate the sun.

As a boss, though, Greenstein was perhaps even more stellar. In most of about 400 papers he co-wrote, he listed his junior co-authors’ names before his own.

— Adapted from “Jesse L. Greenstein, 1909-2002,” Obituaries, School of Engineering & Science, California Institute of Technology,

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