8 December 1913 - 13 December 1973
Department Chair 1946-1972;     Dean, Graduate School 1969-1973
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John teaching modern physics (circa 1956).

"Because so many questions of the scientist and the child are profoundly the same, this is a doorway through which both may enter, to wonder and to grow - to be excited, to stretch to understand, to seek from other worlds the rediscovery of our own."

- John J. Turin, at the Dedication of Ritter Astrophysical Center

The University of Toledo 1966

  • Introductory remarks: L. J. Curtis

    2009 John J. Turin Memorial Lecture

    THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009, 4 PM, McMaster Hall Room 1005
    (Refreshments served in MH 4009 3:30-4:00 PM )
    Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore Maryland

    Title: Dust Processing in Galaxies Due to Massive Star Formation

    Abstract: The properties of dust in nearby galaxies shows evidence for processing due to nearby massive star formation. This can be seen in the ultraviolet through analysis of the starburst galaxies observations with dust radiative transfer models and variations in Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds UV extinction curves. The processing is also be seen in the infrared through Spitzer investigations of the mid-infrared aromatic (PAH) emission from HII regions and starburst galaxies. These results indicate that dust grains can respond to their environment quickly and give clues to the nature of dust grains themselves.

    Recipients of the John J. Turin Award for Outstanding Career Accomplishments

    1995 Duane Muhlmann
    1997 Maureen Meyers Lawrence
    1998 Richard T. Obermyer
    1999 John L. Kohl
    2000 Stephen Arnold
    2001 Richard M. Heinz
    2002 Steven H. Selman
    2003 Helen L. Brooks
    2004 Michael R. Combi
    2005 Lorenzo J. Curtis
    2006 Robert C. Pollex
    2007 Robert C. Dempsey
    2009 Karl D. Gordon

    John as Graduate Dean

    John Turin and Arthur C. Clarke

    Dr. John J. Turin, director of the Ritter Astrophysical Research Center (right) and Dr. Helen L. Brooks, associate director of the Planetarium, hosted a tour of the facility for Arthur C. Clarke, originator of the communications satellite concept, science writer and author of the book "The Sentinel" and the filmscript it inspired for "2001: A Space Odyssey," when he visited the campus November 12, 1968 to address a University Convocation. He viewed Ritter's 40-inch reflecting telescope and its auxiliary equipment, visited the Ritter laboratories and contributed a taped commentary which was included in the Planetarium's Christmas show. At that time Mr. Clarke was building a planetarium at Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), where he resided until his recent passing.

    Sybil, John, John Jr. and Barbara Turin

  • The Turin Legacy
  • Some remembrances by Larry Curtis
  • North Cape Yacht Club