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  • ISBN: 9780226639451
  • ISBN10: 0226639452

Yerkes Observatory, 1892-1950 The Birth, Near Death, and Resurrection of a Scientific Research Institution

by Donald E. Osterbrock

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 03/01/1997
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Here Donald E. Osterbrock tells the story of Yerkes Observatory, built a century ago by the University of Chicago as one of America's first big-science centers. Financed by robber baron Charles T. Yerkes, the observatory housed "the largest and best...telescope in the world", and its forty-inch refracting telescope is still the largest of its kind ever used.

The changing fortunes of Yerkes owed much to its first three directors. Under George Ellery Hale. its founder and first director, Yerkes pioneered the new science of astro-physics. E. B. Frost, Hale's successor, allowed Yerkes to decline from 1904 to 1932, although it still trained rising young stars of astronomy such as Edwin Hubble. Finally, with the support of Robert M. Hutchins, the University of Chicago's new "boy president", the "boy director" Otto Struve presided over Yerkes's revitalization in the 1930s and 1940s.

Illustrated with many archival photos, Osterbrock's exceptionally readable history of Yerkes is an acute biography of this renowned observatory in its centennial year.

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