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Harvey Harlow Nininger (1887-1986), American meteorite collector, self-taught meteoriticist and educator, revived interest in the scientific study of meteorites in the 1930s, and assembled the largest personal collection of meteorites up to that time. He founded the American Meteorite Museum, which was first located near Meteor Crater, Arizona (1942-53), then in Sedona, Arizona (1953-60).
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This month, another anniversary has taken place, but one quite obscure except to some dealers, collectors and researchers of meteorites. Eighty-six years ago, on Nov. 9, 1923, a then-unknown, middle-aged science professor named Harvey Nininger was walking home from work in McPherson, Kan. Suddenly, he saw a huge meteor so vivid that eyewitnesses would remember the event for years to come.
The fireball would also change the course of Harvey's life and the course of science.

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