William E. Gordon, an electrical engineer who conceived, designed, built and operated the world's largest radio telescope, which has been described as Earth's ear to outer space, died on Feb. 16 at his home in Ithaca, N.Y. He was 92.
Gordon named the telescope and its observatory after a nearby town. The Arecibo Observatory has been used to make scores of landmark discoveries in atmospheric physics and astronomy, including one that garnered a Nobel Prize.
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