Chandler, Seth Carlo, 1846-1913

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Astronomer (variable stars, variation of latitude, and geodesy) and life insurance actuary. Aid, U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, 1864-1870; staff, Harvard College Observatory from 1881; editor, Astronomical Journal from 1896.

From the description of Papers [microform], 1861-1914. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78060521

American astronomer. Boston English High School; L.L.D., DePauw University, 1891. After attending high school, he became a personal astronomical assistant, 1863-1869, to Benjamin A. Gould; from 1870 to 1885 he worked as a life insurance actuary. Also during this time, between 1880 and 1885, he continued his astronomical studies at Harvard College Observatory. Between 1886 and 1904, Chandler conducted private astronomical investigations in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His research advanced the knowledge of variable stars and comets. He classified approximately 500 variables in his catalogues. From 1896 to 1912, he was editor of the 'Astronomical Journal'.

From the description of Papers, 1883-1910. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122372760

Seth Carlo Chandler (1846-1913) was an astronomer. He was he was educated at Boston English High School and earned an LL. D. at DePauw University. He was a research associate at the Harvard College Observatory from 1881 to 1885 or 1886. His chief contribution to instrumental astronomy was the invention of an almucantar. This allowed him to make the discovery for which he is best known, the "Chandler Wobble," a movement in the Earth's axis of rotation.

From the description of Letters to Charles H. Rockwell, 1883-1884. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77064464

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referencedIn Young, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1834-1908. Selected papers [microform], 1849-1908. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn History of Modern Astrophysics Collection, 1849-1979 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Chandler, Seth Carlo, 1846-1913. Papers [microform], 1861-1914. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Letters to Charles H. Rockwell, 1883-1884. Harvard University Archives.
creatorOf Chandler, Seth Carlo, 1846-1913. Papers, 1883-1910. American Institute of Physics
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D Houghton Library
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associatedWith Boss, Benjamin, b. 1880. person
associatedWith Center for History of Physics (American Institute of Physics) corporateBody
associatedWith Gould, Benjamin Apthorp, 1824-1896. person
associatedWith Harvard College Observatory corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody
associatedWith Houghton Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Minot, Charles Sedgwick, 1852-1914. person
associatedWith Newcomb, Simon, 1835-1909. person
associatedWith Rockwell, Charles H. person
associatedWith Turner, H. H. (Herbart Hall), 1861-1930. person
associatedWith Young, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1834-1908. person
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Birth 1846-09-16

Death 1913-12-31



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