AAAS Fellow Leon Jaroff passed away on October 20, 2012, he was 85. Jaroff was an editor of Time Magazine, and encouraged Time to start Discover Magazine in 1980. Jaroff was a renowned science writer and for many years served as the top editor of Discover Magazine.
Jaroff was a big advocate for science communication. He frequently wrote against pseudo science and contributed more than 40 articles to Time Magazine about scientific findings. He was born in 1927 in Detroit. His name will live on in space, in 1998 the six-mile wide asteroid 7829 was named Jaroff by the International Astronomical Union.
Learn more about Jaroff and his many contributions to the field of science in his obituary written by the New York Times.