Yerkes Observatory, 1892-1950

The Birth, Near Death, and Resurrection of a Scientific Research Institution

Donald E. Osterbrock

Donald E. Osterbrock

394 pages | 51 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 1997
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780226639468 Published May 1999
E-book $7.00 to $30.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226639444 Published April 2008
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
1: Birth, 1868-1897
2: Infancy, 1897-1904
3: Near Death, 1904-1932
4: The Savior, 1897-1931
5: The Boy President, 1929-1932
6: The Boy Director, 1932-1936
7: Resurrection on the Campus and at Yerkes, 1893-1937
8: Birth of McDonald Observatory, 1933-1939
9: An Extraordinarily Fine Group, 1936-1942
10: World War II, 1939-1945
11: Golden Years, 1945-1950
12: Epilogue: To the Centennial, 1950-1997
Abbreviations Used in Notes and Bibliography
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