The Homer F. DaBoll Award
of the International Occultation Timing Association
Past Award Recipients
John Talbot, Steve Kerr, Eric Frappa,
Tsutomu Hayamizu, Brad Timerson
Derek C. Breit
Derek C. Breit - 2016 Award Recipient
For many years, Derek has been a mentor, IOTA promoter, observer, webmaster of the occultation prediction clearinghouse web site http://www.poyntsource.com, and a contributor to occultation prediction information for the RASC annual publication, the Observer's Handbook.
Derek's first asteroid occultation in the list available in Occult involved (859) Bouzareah on Sept. 20, 2002 at Martinez, California. He has been the IOTA Regional Coordinator for lunar occultation reports since at least 2007, and developed the “Why Occultations” brochure handout.
He assisted the late Sandy Bumgarner in teaching astronomy at Mt. Diablo College in San Jose, CA. He has participated in at least 20 lunar graze campaigns, producing over 200 events; at least 74 individual lunar occultation events, and at least 53 asteroid occultation events measured between Sept 2002 and Jan 2016.
His endless enthusiasm and “Breit Ideas” have been an inspiration to us all.
IOTA is pleased to present the 2016 Homer F. DaBoll award to Derek C. Breit.