Michelsen, Neil Franklin (1931–1990)
Neil Franklin Michelsen, an astrologer and founder of
Astro Communications Services, was born on May 11, 1931,
in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Miami (from
which he graduated magnum cum laude in mathematics) and
in 1959 went to work for IBM as a systems engineer. Through
the 1960s he developed an interest in astrology and in 1971,
with a primitive computer set up in his home, he began to
create the databases of information from which horoscopes
could be constructed. In 1973 he incorporated Astro Computing
Services, then headquartered in his home in White Plains,
New York.
Michelsen resigned from IBM in 1976 to devote full time to
his emerging business. That same year the first of what were to
become essential reference books for professional astrologers
appeared, a computer-generated ephemeris (charts of the daily
position of planets) and table of houses (charts showing the loEncyclopedia
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cations of the astrological houses). As these were expanded
through the 1980s and revised by others in the 1990s, they remain
popular items in the astrologer’s library.
In 1979 Michelsen moved to San Diego and three years later
reorganized the company as a California corporation, Astro
Communications Services, with ACS Publications as its publication
arm. As his work became known, he became the chairman
of the National Council for Geocosmic Research and gained
international recognition for his service to the astrological
community, including his generosity with the profits of ACS to
the development of the astrological community as a whole. Following
his death on May 15, 1990, the National Council created
the Neil Michelsen Memorial Fund to continue a set of projects
he had previously funded.
Sources
Astro Communications Services. httpwww.astrocom.com.
May 23, 2000.
Michelsen, Neil F. American Ephemeris for the 20th Century
1900 to 2000 at Midnight. Rev. ed., San Diego ASC Publications,
1990.
———. American Ephemeris for the 21st Century. Revised by
Rique Pottenger. San Diego ASC Publications, 1997.

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