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The Origin of Our Name

By Fred Chamberlain, Vitrification Arrives, Fred Chamberlain, Robert Newport, Fred Chamberlain, Jennifer Chapman, Gentle Into That and Good Knight


Linda Chamberlain (the founders of Alcor) were asked to come up with a name for a rescue team for the nowdefunct Cryonics Society of California (CSC). In view of our logical destiny (the stars), they searched through star catalogs and books on astronomy, hoping to find a star that could serve as a cryonics acronym. Alcor, 80 Ursae Majoris, was just what they had been looking for. It not only had some acronymic “fit ” for cryonics but was also symbolic for its historical use as a test for eyesight and was located in a very well known constellation

Year: 2000
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