Harlow Shapley’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

November 2, 1885

Death Date

October 20, 1972

Age of Death

86 years

Cause of Death


Place of Death

Boulder, Colorado, United States



The astronomer Harlow Shapley died at the age of 86. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Award-winning astronomer remembered for correctly estimating the size of the Milky Way Galaxy. He also originated the concept of “habitable zones,” which describes areas in space where liquid water can be supported.

He was a Journalism student at the University of Missouri before switching his focus to Astronomy.

The “Shapley” crater on Earth’s moon is named in his honor.

He married Martha Betz in 1914. One of his sons is Nobel Prize-winning economist Lloyd Shapley.

He led a public campaign against what he perceived as the pseudoscience of Russian psychiatrist Immanuel Velikovsky.