Wolf V. Vishniac
|Wolf V. Vishniac|
April 22, 1922|
|Died||December 10, 1973
Asgard Range, Wright Valley, Antarctica
|Institutions||University of Rochester|
Wolf Vladimir Vishniac (April 22, 1922 – December 10, 1973) was an American microbiologist, son of Roman Vishniac. Educated at Brooklyn College and Stanford University, he was a professor of biology at the University of Rochester. He died on a research trip to the Antarctic attempting to retrieve equipment in a crevice. The crater Vishniac on Mars is named in his honor.
Wolf Vishniac contributed greatly to the search for life on Mars by developing a special miniature laboratory that could be transported to that planet, known as the "Wolf Trap". This research was supported by a NASA grant started in 1959, the very first ever for the "biological sciences."
- Short bio entry
- NASA History of Instrumentation for Mars missions
- A Photographer of a Vanished World and his Family
- Every Vishniac
- Vishniac, Wolf Vladimir (1922–1973)
British psychedelic rock band Wolftraps on Mars are named after Wolf Vishniac's "wolf traps".
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