Obituary: Venetia Phair

Venetia Phair (b.1918) died on April 30. Born Venetia Burney, in 1930, she suggested to her grandfather, Falconer Madan, that the new planet discovered by Clyde Tombaugh should be named Pluto, after the god of the underworld. Madan passed her suggestion on to astronomer Frederick Hall Turner and the name was eventually adopted.