Yerkes Observatory, 1892-1950: The Birth, Near Death, and Resurrection of a Scientific Research Institution
Drawing on his experience as historian of astronomy, practicing astrophysicist, and director of Lick Observatory, Donald Osterbrock uncovers a chapter in the history of astronomy by providing the story of the Yerkes Observatory.
"An excellent description of the ups and downs of a major observatory."—Jack Meadows, Nature
"Historians are much indebted to Osterbrock for this new contribution to the fascinating story of twentieth-century American astronomy."—Adriaan Blaauw, Journal for the History of Astronomy
"An important reference about one of the key American observatories of this century."—Woodruff T. Sullivan III, Physics Today
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In 1997, the Yerkes Observatory will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Osterbrock (Pauper and Prince: Ritchey, Hale & Big American Telescopes, Univ. of Arizona, 1993) is eminently qualified to write ... Read full review
2 Infancy 18971904
3 Near Death 19041932
4 The Savior 18971931
5 The Boy President 19291932
6 The Boy Director 19321936
7 Resurrection on the Campus and at Yerkes 18931937
8 Birth of McDonald Observatory 19331939
9 An Extraordinarily Fine Group 19361942
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Page ix - My father's columns and papers are now held at the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. In the present volume, his articles appear as originally published, with no substantive changes. Since his editors sometimes were inconsistent in spelling a word such as "programming," I have reconciled these discrepancies.
Page ix - ... 29, 1946, he married German-born Hertha Sponer, a physicist at Duke University who had been one or his assistants in Göttingen. In 1951, Franck was awarded the Planck Medal, and in 1953 he received honorary citizenship from the city of Göttingen, where he died during a visit. [Franck's papers are in the special collections department of the Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago. Other letters and an extensive oral history interview are included in the collections housed in various...