Named in honour of Helen Sawyer Hogg (b. 1905, d. 1993), professor emeritus of astronomy at the University of Toronto, known for her research on globular clusters and for her inspiring course in introductory astronomy, which she taught for more than 35 years. She has served as president of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, the Canadian Astronomical Society, and the American Association of Variable Star Observers. For nearly 30 years she wrote a weekly astronomical column for the Toronto Star, and she conducted a series of television programs for the Ontario Educational Television Authority. She is a Companion of the Order of Canada, a recent recipient of the Klumpke-Roberts award from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and the first Canadian and second woman to receive the Rittenhouse silver medal.
JRASC Vol. 87, No. 6, p. 351-356 (1993)