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Group of 61 offprints and monographs

Astronomy collection

Publication Date: 1944
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Asaph Hall (1829-1907) was an American astronomer who discovered the two moons of Mars, Deimos and Phobos. Born in Connecticut, Hall studied mathematics and ultimately took a job at the Harvard College Observatory. Six years later he became an assistant astronomer at the U.S. Naval Observatory, where he was made a professor of mathematics a year later. At the time, the Observatory had the largest refractor telescope in the world. Using it, Hall discovered, in 1877, the two moons of Mars. Much of Hall's later work involved the moons of the outer planets and studies of binary stars. In 1895, he returned to Harvard as professor of astronomy.Included in the list of authors are:Edward Emerson Barnard (1857-1923), American astronomer. The faint Barnard's Star is named for him after he discovered in 1916 that it had a very large proper motion, relative to other stars. This is the second nearest star system to the Sun, only the Alpha Centauri system being closer. He was also a pioneering astrophotographer. George Phillips Bond (1825-1865), American astronomer. He succeeded his father as director of Harvard College Observatory from 1859 until his death. His cousin was Edward Singleton Holden, first director of Lick Observatory. Bond took the first photograph of a star in 1850 (Vega) and of a double star in 1857 (Mizar); suggested photography could be used to measure a star's magnitude; and discovered numerous comets and calculated their orbits. He and his father jointly discovered Saturn's moon, Hyperion (which was also independently discovered by William Lassell).Johann Gottfried Galle (1812-1910), German astronomer at the Berlin Observatory. On September 23, 1846, with the assistance of student Heinrich Louis d'Arrest, Galle became the first person to knowingly view the planet Neptune. Hubert Anson Newton (1830-1896) was an American astronomer and mathematician, and a worldwide authority on meteors and comets. He won the Smith gold medal from the National Academy of Sciences, was elected an associate of the Royal Astronomical Society of London, served as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1885), and was a foreign member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.Wilhelm Heinrich Walter Baade (March 24, 1893 - June 25, 1960), a German astronomer who worked in America from 1931 to 1959. His work led him to recalculate the size of the known universe, doubling the previous calculation made by Hubble in 1929.Ernest Barthélémy Mouchez (1821-1892), a French astronomer, originally prepared for a naval career and served with distinction in the French Navy before he became director of the Paris Observatory. He was a member of the Bureau des Longitudes and of the astronomical section of the Académie des Sciences. Mouchez attempted to improve surveying techniques by promoting the use of observational instruments. H.C. Schumacher (1780-1850), a German-Danish astronomer, studied astronomy under the direction of his good friend Gauss, and worked to establish an observatory at Altona. He directed the Mannheim observatory from 1813 to 1815, and then became professor of astronomy in Copenhagen. He also founded and published the journal Astronomische Nachrichten, of which he edited thirty-one volumes.A complete list of items in the collection will be provided upon request. Bookseller Inventory # 14106

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Title: Group of 61 offprints and monographs

Publication Date: 1944

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