Paolo Farinella

 

 

Age: 47

 

Summary: Italian astronomer whose work as planetary scientist changed the view of the solar system revolutionizing the way orbital and collisional histories of asteroids are seen, who in the 1980's was among the first scientists to conjecture the Yarkovsky effect to be responsible for the migration of small asteroids from the main asteroid belt into different and potentially resonant orbits, with possible risks of impact on Earth, and who was very active into the astronomy popularization, writing dozens of articles that were mainly published by the Italian astronomical magazine L'Astronomia.

 

 

Cause of Death: Heart failure

 

Born: January 13, 1953

 

Died: March 25, 2000

 

Location: Bergamo, Italy