Historical Session: The Contribution of Amateurs to Astronomy, Yesterday and Today
As I am given the occasion of closing this session, I must not fail to thank and to congratulate Madame Levasseur-Regourd, who presided over the meeting held yesterday. Neither must I fail to give due homage to the amateurs who have made astronomy’s history. They are everywhere, and this Colloquium has shown this unequivocally. There are also those who are making astronomy’s history today. The marvellous images of the heavens obtained by de Kerolyr delighted me when young, and the long conversations with Boyer and Focas, at Meudon, enriched my experience as an adult.