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Forrest Luke - Biography

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Forrest Luke has lived in Hawaii for almost 30 years, but started life in Joplin, Missouri, on the northern edge of the Ozarks. The Air Force yanked him from the snows of Northern Minnesota and sent him to Hickam Air Force Base in 1971, and he put down roots. Eventually, he married a girl from Wahiawa. After retirement from the Air force in 1983, Forrest went back to school to earn teaching credentials. Somehow, his old job as an Aviation Meteorologist didn't seem to have much future on the ground in Hawaii. Forrest currently teaches physics at Leilehua High School in Waihiawa on Oahu. But it isn't really his science teaching that got him involved with TOPS, it is his hobby - Astronomy. Forrest developed an interest in astronomy in mid-life. He got a small telescope and started looking. Within one hour, he had found Saturn from his front yard. He immediately got his wife and son to come out to see. Then he asked his neighbors to take a look. That was in 1986. Since then, there have been larger telescopes and constant learning. But he stills enjoys sharing a good view with anyone handy. Forrest is a member of the local amateur astronomy club, the Hawaiian Astronomical Society, and serves as their coordinator with the community for astronomy services such as support to TOPS or getting 4 telescopes to an elementary school yard on a Friday night so that 65 kids and their parents can share a great view of Saturn.

Last Updated on April 23, 2000

Karen Meech, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii