This book marks the centennial of Tebbutt's death with a major biographical account surveying his scientific contributions to astronomy, prefaced with a foreword by Sir Patrick Moore. During the second half of the nineteenth century, Tebbutt was Australia's foremost astronomer. He devoted his time and funds to astronomy, and built a truly international reputation that far surpassed Australia's leading professional astronomers of the day. This book marks the centennial of Tebbutt's death with a major biographical account. Tebbutt's remarkable record of achievement extends over more than half a century.
Orchiston's book covers the whole of Tebbutt's career, from his yearly observatory reports and comet discoveries to his time as the first president of Sydney's branch of the British Astronomical Association.
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Table of Contents
1 John Tebbutt: Australian Astronomer Extraordinare.- 2 An Invaluable Resource: The "Tebbutt Collection" in the Mitchell Library, Sydney.- 3 The Development of Professional Astronomy in Nine Century Century/Australia.- 4 The Role of the Independent Astronomer in Early Australian Economy. 5 Introduction. 6 The Great Comet of 1861: A Magnificent Career Catalyst. 7 An Urge for Independence: The Sydney Observatory Directorship. 8 From Humble Beginnings: The Development of Windsor Observatory. 9 A Timely Spectacle: The Great Comet of 1881 Introduction. 10 An Abortive Association: The Australian Comet Corps. 11 A Gain in Light Grasp: The Legacy of the Grubb Telescope. 12 Power, Politics and Prestige: The Russell-Tebbutt Feud. 13 Astronomers in Isolation: A New Branch of the British Astronomical Association. 14 The End of an Era: A Welcome and Long-Earned Retirement. 15 The Sequel: From Scientific Observatory to Museum of Astronomy. INDEX.