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

By Thomas R. Williams

Based in 1911, the AAVSO boasts over 1200 individuals and observers and is the world's greatest non-profit association devoted to variable superstar statement. This well timed booklet marks the AAVSO's centennial 12 months, providing an authoritative and exact historical past of this crucial organization. Writing in an enticing and available variety, the authors flow chronologically via 5 eras of the AAVSO, discussing the evolution of its constitution and goal. through the textual content, the main target is at the millions of people whose contributions have made the AAVSO's growth attainable. Describing a century of interplay among beginner astronomers, the authors have a good time the collaborative relationships that experience existed through the years. because the definitive background of the 1st hundred years of the AAVSO, this article has vast allure and should be of curiosity to beginner astronomers, in addition to historians and sociologists of technology ordinarily.

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When he graduated in 1892, the Academy principal, Robert P. 12 While Tyler Olcott attended the Academy, the elderly Captain Roath passed away in February 1891. Apparently fond of his step-grandson, he bequeathed Tyler Olcott his gold watch. Captain Roath passed half of his estate to his wife Olivia Ann Roath, who had supported him during his later years, including 10 years as an invalid. The remaining half was divided between his sister and his two nephews, William Samuel Roath and W. 14 Around 1890, a boom began in American collegiate education.

It was an exciting time to be in Manhattan. With more than 3 million people, New York City was second only to London in size and greatly exceeded other European capitals in scale as well as population. With immigrants still flooding in and businesses forming, growing, collapsing, and dying on a daily basis, New York City certainly was one of the most exciting places to live and study law. It is no surprise that Tyler chose NYLS over the stodgy Yale Law School in nearby New Haven. During his second year in New York, Tyler’s maternal grandmother, Olivia Ann Roath, passed away.

Leonard, probably the main instigator, was well known to astronomers at Yerkes Observatory and the University of Chicago. The SPA journal, originally titled The Monthly Register of the Leonard Observatory, was typewritten and not widely distributed. 68 In 1911, after publishing several technical articles in Popular Astronomy, Leonard advertised the SPA to the broader audience of Popular Astronomy readers and invited others to join. Although the society consisted primarily of amateur astronomers, Leonard welcomed professionals.

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