David Burstein (1947 – 2009)
Dave Burstein was an astronomy professor here at ASU whom I worked with – largely on curricular issues – for nearly ten years. In the 1980′s he had been a member of the group of astronomers known as the “Seven Samurai” which postulated the existence of the Great Attractor, a huge, diffuse region of material around 250 million light-years away that results in the observed motion of our local galaxies. He was also a student of Vera Rubin and worked on measuring rotation curves for different galaxies-the smoking gun for dark matter. He died on December 26th after suffering from Pick’s disease for a number of years. Dave was 62 years old and truly dedicated his life to ASU.