Named in honour of Canadian astronomer Carlyle Smith Beals (b. 1899 in Canso, Nova Scotia, d. 1979), fourth Dominion Astronomer and the only man who has been both President of the American Astronomical Society and the National President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Beals obtained his B.Sc. in physics at Acadia University, and was a professor of physics at Acadia for one year. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (F.R.S.), a distinction attained by very few Canadian scientists. Beals made important contributions to the observation and interpretation of emission lines in the spectra of hot stars, to the understanding of the nature of interstellar gas clouds, and to the development of instrumentation for astronomy. He also initiated a program to identify and study meteorite craters in Canada.
JRASC Vol. 73, p. 325-332 (1979)