Benjamin Markarian on a 2013 Armenian stamp

Benjamin "Benik" Egishevitch Markarian (Armenian: Բենիամին Եղիշեի Մարգարյան; born on 29 November, 1913 in Shulaver, Tiflis Governorate; died on 29 September, 1985 in Yerevan, Armenian SSR) was an Armenian astrophysicist. Markarian's Chain (of galaxies) was named after him when he discovered that this string of galaxies moves with a common motion. He is also the namesake of a catalog of compact, optically bright galaxies (including both starbursts and AGNs) known as Markarian galaxies.

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