Pauper and Prince: Ritchey, Hale, and Big American Telescopes

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George Willis Ritchey was the builder of the first large, successful American reflecting telescopes. A telescope designer who perfected the methods for making astronomical mirrors and a master of celestial photography, Ritchey worked closely with George Ellery Hale, the phenomenal fund-raiser and organizer of observatories. Mount Wilson Observatory stands today as a monument to their collaboration, yet their very success led to tension, estrangement, and finally to Ritchey's dismissal and banishment by Hale. ...
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George Willis Ritchey was the builder of the first large, successful American reflecting telescopes. A telescope designer who perfected the methods for making astronomical mirrors and a master of celestial photography, Ritchey worked closely with George Ellery Hale, the phenomenal fund-raiser and organizer of observatories. Mount Wilson Observatory stands today as a monument to their collaboration, yet their very success led to tension, estrangement, and finally to Ritchey's dismissal and banishment by Hale. Scientists and historians today know of Ritchey only through the reports of Hale and Walter S. Adams, Hales's successor as director at Mount Wilson. We associate Ritchey with the Ritchey-Chretien system, used in almost all large reflecting telescopes today, with the 60-inch Mount Wilson telescope, and with the 100-inch Mount Wilson mirror, but we know little about his life and career. Yet today's large telescopes have demonstrated the validity of many of Ritchey's predictions, which seemed fantastic to most of the astronomers of his day. Astronomical historian Donald Osterbrock now tells Ritchey's story, tracing his career and revealing its complex interrelationships with Hale's. Drawing on letters preserved in astronomical archives and on interviews with individuals who knew Ritchey personally, Osterbrock's book reveals the impact of human pride, ambition, and character on the development of scientific knowledge and technology. It also treats the telescope-building aspects of Hale's life at Yerkes, Mount Wilson, and Palomar observatories, and shows how the relationship among these men helped the United States take the lead in developing major astronomical facilities.
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Tells of the career and complex personality of George Willis Ritchey, the builder of the first large, successful American reflecting telescopes, and his relationship with George Ellery Hale, the influential fundraiser and organizer of observatories. The two had a profound impact on US development of major astronomical facilities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780816511990
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.57 (w) x 9.63 (h) x 1.47 (d)

Table of Contents

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Preface
1 Ohio and Indiana: 1864-1891 1
2 Kenwood Observatory: 1868-1896 15
3 Yerkes Observatory: 1897-1904 43
4 Mount Wilson Success: 1905-1908 79
5 Mount Wilson Problems: 1909-1914 103
6 Mount Wilson Failure: 1914-1919 139
7 Azusa: 1919-1924 163
8 Paris: 1924-1930 175
9 Pasadena and Palomar: 1919-1931 211
10 Miami and Washington: 1930-1936 237
11 Southern California: 1932-1945 271
Appendix: Reflecting Telescopes 289
Papers, Books, and Articles by George Willis Ritchey 293
Preface to Notes and Bibliography 297
Notes 303
Bibliography 345
Index 347
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