Leslie Peltier: The World’s Greatest Amateur Astronomer


Mike Simonsen
AAVSO, 49 Bay State Road., Cambridge, MA 02138

One of the talks by AAVSO members who were past recipients of the Astronomical League’s Peltier Award, presented at the 102nd Annual Meeting of the AAVSO, October 12, 2013; received November 19, 2013; accepted November 20, 2013


This paper is a brief account of the life of amateur astronomer Leslie C. Peltier, with reflections on how his astronomical accomplishments influenced the author’s own involvement in variable star observing.