Advancing Variable Star Astronomy: The Centennial History of by Thomas R. Williams

By Thomas R. Williams

Based in 1911, the AAVSO boasts over 1200 participants and observers and is the world's greatest non-profit association devoted to variable famous person commentary. This well timed e-book marks the AAVSO's centennial 12 months, offering an authoritative and actual background of this crucial organization. Writing in an interesting and obtainable sort, the authors flow chronologically via 5 eras of the AAVSO, discussing the evolution of its constitution and goal. during the textual content, the main target is at the millions of people whose contributions have made the AAVSO's development attainable. Describing a century of interplay among novice astronomers, the authors have fun the collaborative relationships that experience existed through the years. because the definitive heritage of the 1st hundred years of the AAVSO, this article has large allure and should be of curiosity to beginner astronomers, in addition to historians and sociologists of technology often.

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18 He was an editorial board member of The Trinity Tablet, a campus newspaper published every 3 weeks. He also composed the lyrics of a song for which a fellow Trinity student, A. L. Ellis, composed the music. The pair sold the rights for their song to Broadway producer E. E. Rice for one of his musicals. 19 TRAVEL AND LAW SCHOOL After graduation from Trinity in June 1896, Tyler followed another late nineteenth century practice of the upper-middle class and traveled “abroad,” an experience that ranked along with a college education in the maturation process.

Instead, they found another new organization with a more satisfying opportunity to contribute. D. in astronomy and founded the astronomy department at University of California at Los Angeles, where he was chairman for many years. His scientific interests gradually focused on meteorites; he was a co-founder with Harvey H. 75 That society eventually named its highest award, the Leonard Medal, in his honor. In later years, Leonard continued to harbor resentment about the demise of the Variable Star Section of the SPA, even though that event likely played no role in 24 Pioneers in variable star astronomy prior to 1909 the eventual collapse of the entire organization by 1917.

B. Potter, C. A. Mundstock, Father A. Petrajtys, F. C. Leonard, H. F. Black, H. C. Levinson, Rev. R. F. Bumpus, H. W. Vrooman, W. Henry (from The Monthly Evening Sky Map, Vol. 9, No. 106, 1915). 72 Leonard remained an SPA director. 73 SPA VARIABLE STAR SECTION William Tyler Olcott of Norwich, Connecticut, served as the first leader of the SPA Variable Star Section upon Leonard’s invitation. By January 1912, Olcott was writing notes on variable star observing in the Monthly Register of the SPA. The SPA-VSS had about 15 members in 1912.

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