Harvard College Observatory: The First Four Directorships, 1839-1919

Harvard College Observatory: The First Four Directorships, 1839-1919

by Bessie Zaban Jones, Lyle Gifford Boyd, Donald H. Menzel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674374606

ISBN-13: 9780674374607

Pub. Date: 01/28/1971

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Since its founding in 1839, the Harvard College Observatory has pioneered in the development of modern astronomy. Its first directors early recognized the potential of spectroscopy in revealing the constitution of the stars, and of photography in determining the positions and motions of celestial objects; the library of photographic plates made under their

Overview

Since its founding in 1839, the Harvard College Observatory has pioneered in the development of modern astronomy. Its first directors early recognized the potential of spectroscopy in revealing the constitution of the stars, and of photography in determining the positions and motions of celestial objects; the library of photographic plates made under their direction provides an invaluable history of the stellar universe for the period. The Observatory also pioneered in using the talents of women, several of whom became noted astronomers, and their monumental classification of stars from spectral records constitutes a fundamental contribution to astronomical knowledge.

The authors vividly portray the genesis, growth, and achievements of a major scientific institution and its relations with other observatories. Through the use of photographs and correspondence they also portray the men and women who played essential roles in the development of astronomy in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674374607
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1971
Series:
Belknap Press Series
Pages:
516
Product dimensions:
6.51(w) x 9.53(h) x 1.42(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Donald H. Menzel

1. Before the Observatory: 1642-1839

2. The Two Bonds, 1839-1865

3. Joseph Winlock, 1866-1875

4. Pickering: The Early Years

5. The Henry Draper Memorial

6. The Boyden Fund

7. The Bruce Telescope

8. "Some Lofty Mountain"

9. "Harvard Observatory Arraigned"

10. Fruits of the Enterprise

11. A Field for Women

12. Beyond the Observatory

Notes

Index

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