Allen County’s history is replete with remarkable people and events.  Many are aware of the contributions from the oil or locomotive  industries.  But one important topic that deserves a closer look is astronomy.

     The Allen County Historical Society is pleased to present Professor Emeritus, Earl Lhamon who will present “Astronomy in Allen County” on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Museum.  Professor Lhamon’s talk reflects on Allen County’s  legacy of notable people interested in astronomy:  William Fowler (Nobel Laureate), Dean Eric Baumgarner (Mars Rover), Leslie Peltier (Delphos), Glen Smith (NASA), John Timmerman (UFO), Carolyn Hurless (AAVSO), and members of the Lima Astronomical Society (LAS) who helped the Schoonover Observatory become a reality.  He reminisces how a hobby lead from backyard telescopes to radio astronomy and Mauna Kea Hawaii.

     Earl Lhamon graduated from Lima South High school, Ohio Northern University and Bowling Green State University.  He taught Mathematics and Computer Science courses at Ohio Northern University for 43 years as well as Physics and Astronomy at The Ohio State University in Lima and Bellefontaine.  He is a charter member of the Lima Astronomical Society (LAS).  It was during his LAS presidency that the Schoonover Observatory was designed, funded and built.  He also helped manufacture the optics for the original telescope at the Schoonover Observatory.  Since 1964, Professor Lhamon has been a frequent lecturer and host for programs at the observatory.

     Professor Lhamon and his wife Joyce have traveled extensively.  They have three adult children, all with advanced degrees in science and medicine.  This program is free and open to the public. 


Astronomy in Allen County


Earl Lhamon

May Program

2 p.m.

“Astronomy in Allen County”

       Professor Emeritus,

            Earl Lhamon