Moore, Charlotte Emma, 1898-

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Astronomer and astrophysicist. Upon completing her B.A. in mathematics at Swarthmore College in 1920 Charlotte Moore took a job as assistant to Henry Norris Russell at Princeton University. There she audited courses and became coauthor of papers on binary stars and an influential book on the masses of stars. In the late 1920s she worked at the Mt. Wilson Observatory with Charles E. St. John and Harold D. Babcock on the solar spectrum. She earned her Ph. D. at the University of California at Berkeley using Mt. Wilson plates to analyze atomic lines in the sunspot spectrum. From 1945 until the end of her life she worked on spectra at the National Bureau of Standards and the Naval Research Laboratory. She compiled, organized, and analyzed laboratory data and published definitive books on the solar spectrum and spectral line multiplets. These books became the essential resource for spectroscopists. In her later years she extended the tables into the ultraviolet with data from rocket-borne instruments and laboratory workDied 1990.

From the description of Oral history interview with Charlotte Moore Sitterly, 1978 June 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 154306412

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referencedIn Meggers, William F. (William Frederick), 1888-1966. Home movies of William Meggers [motion picture] / taken by William Meggers. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Meggers, William F. (William Frederick), 1888-1966. Papers, 1917-1966. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Seares, Frederick Hanley, 1873-. Papers of Frederick Hanley Seares, 1909-1945 (bulk 1909-1940). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Russell, Henry Norris, 1877-1957. Correspondence [microform], 1890-1950. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962. Letters to NBS staff on "Atomic Energy Levels," 1949-1971. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Meggers, William F. (William Frederick), 1888-1966. Addition to papers, 1870-1973 (bulk: 1906-1966). American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Van de Kamp, Peter, 1901-. Symposium on the galaxy [motion picture] / taken by Peter Van de Kamp, 1950. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Moore, Charlotte Emma, 1898-. Oral history interview with Charlotte Moore Sitterly, 1978 June 15. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
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associatedWith DeVorkin, David H., 1944- person
associatedWith Meggers, William F. (William Frederick), 1888-1966. person
associatedWith Mount Wilson Solar Observatory. corporateBody
associatedWith Princeton University. Dept. of Astrophysical Sciences. corporateBody
associatedWith Russell, Henry Norris, 1877-1957. person
associatedWith Seares, Frederick Hanley, 1873- person
associatedWith Swarthmore College. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. National Bureau of Standards. corporateBody
associatedWith University of California, Berkeley. corporateBody
associatedWith Unsöld, Albrecht, 1905- person
associatedWith Van de Kamp, Peter, 1901- person
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Moon
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Atomic spectra
Molecular spectra
Astrophysics--History
Spectrum, Solar
Mathematics--Study and teaching
Eclipsing binaries
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Birth 1898-09-24

Death 1990-03-03

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