Russell W. Porter, arctic explorer, artist, telescope maker

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"Arctic explorer, artist, and telescope maker Russell Porter was the cofounder of the amateur telescope making movement in the United States and architectural draftsman of the 200-in. Hale Telescope at Palomar Mountain. Porter studied civil engineering at the University of Vermont and architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT] but abandoned his coursework to pursue arctic exploration under the influence of admiral Robert Peary. Porter served as surveyor, astronomer, and artist on the ill-fated Fiala-Ziegler Expedition that failed to reach the North Pole (1903-1905). He also surveyed and mapped Mount McKinley in Alaska, but did not reach its summit. Following these adventures, Porter temporarily settled at Port Clyde, Maine, where he married Alice Belle (1907); the couple had two children. There, he constructed his first telescopes and observatories, employing new optical and ..."

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