Gould, Benjamin Apthorp, 1824-1896

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Dates:
Birth 1824-09-27
Death 1896-11-26
Americans
Spanish; Castilian, English

Biographical notes:

Charles Babbage was a mathematician and inventor.

From the guide to the Charles Babbage selected correspondence, 1827-1871, 1827-1871, (American Philosophical Society)

American astronomer. Graduated Harvard, 1844; University of Göttingen (Germany), 1848. In 1849 he founded and became the first editor of the 'Astronomical Journal.' In 1855 he became director of the Dudley Observatory. A public controversy arose when he disagreed with the Scientific Council and Trustees of the Observatory as to management of the facility. He was terminated as director in 1859. From this time until 1872, Gould remained in Cambridge, Massachusetts, married Mary Apthorp Quincy and continued work on star observations. In 1870 he commissioned the establishment of the National Observatory at Cordoba, Argentina. It was here that he conducted the studies and observations later published in 'Uranometria Argentina'(1879) and 'Resultados del Observatorio Nacional Argentino En Cordoba' (1879-1896). Upon his return from Argentina Gould reestablished the 'Astronomical Journal' (suspended since 1861) with the assistance of Seth A. Chandler. Later, following Gould's death in 1896, Chandler completed the publication of 'Resultados.'

From the description of Papers / a. 1840-1897. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122591244

Benjamin Apthorp Gould (1824-1896) was the founder and first editor of the Astronomical Journal. Gould was involved in the establishment and operation of the National Observatory at Córdoba, Argentina.

From the description of Benjamin A. Gould Collection, 1874-1918. (University of Puget Sound Library). WorldCat record id: 746574368

American astronomer. Graduated Harvard, 1844; University of Göttingen (Germany), 1848. He returned to the United States with the hope of establishing an era for astronomy. In 1849 he founded and became the first editor of the "Astronomical Journal." In 1855, he became director of the Dudley Observatory. A public controversy arose when he disagreed with the Scientific Council and Trustees of the Observatory as to management of the facility. He was terminated as director in 1859. From this time until 1872, Gould remained in Cambridge, Massachusetts, married Mary Apthorp Quincy and continued work on star observations. In 1870 he commissioned the establishment of the National Observatory at Córdoba, Argentina. It was here that he conducted the studies and observations later published in 'Uranometria Argentina'(1879) and 'Resultados del Observatorio Nacional Argentino En Córdoba' (1879-1896). Upon his return from Argentina Gould restablished the 'Astronomical Journal' (suspended since 1861) with the assistance of Seth A. Chandler. Later, following Gould's death in 1896, Chandler completed the publication of 'Resultados.'

From the description of B.A. Gould Papers, 1874-1918. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84011722

Benjamin Apthorp Gould (September 27, 1824–November 26, 1896) was a pioneering American astronomer. He is notable for creating the Astronomical Journal, discovering the Gould Belt, and for founding of the Argentine National Observatory and the Argentine National Weather Service.

From the guide to the Benjamin A. Gould Collection, 1874-1918, (University of Puget Sound Archives)

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