By Thomas R. Williams
Based in 1911, the AAVSO boasts over 1200 contributors and observers and is the world's greatest non-profit association devoted to variable big name remark. This well timed publication marks the AAVSO's centennial yr, proposing an authoritative and actual historical past of this crucial organization. Writing in a fascinating and available type, the authors stream chronologically via 5 eras of the AAVSO, discussing the evolution of its constitution and function. during the textual content, the main target is at the millions of people whose contributions have made the AAVSO's growth attainable. Describing a century of interplay among beginner astronomers, the authors rejoice the collaborative relationships that experience existed through the years. because the definitive historical past of the 1st hundred years of the AAVSO, this article has large allure and should be of curiosity to novice astronomers, in addition to historians and sociologists of technological know-how more often than not.
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Although chartered for the improvement of the men’s intellectual skills, the club’s main function appears to have been the maintenance of a club house for billiards, bowling, chess and other board games, and social functions. 26 Clara Eunice Hyde emerged as Tyler Olcott’s constant companion in those days after he completed law school. A music teacher and more than 4 years older than Tyler, Clara was the oldest of three daughters and one son in the family of banker George Rodney Hyde and Katherine Rhoda Dickey Hyde.
Issues of authority in matters scientific tended to resonate with other issues surrounding the emergence of professions and their societies in this period. 37 ARGUMENTS CONTINUE These arguments reverberated in articles by others through the rest of the 1890s. ”39 In the meantime, amateur astronomer (later turned professional) John Adelbert Parkhurst (1861–1925) of Marengo, Illinois, published eight articles in volume one (1893) of Popular Astronomy. These were the first indepth discussions of variable star observing published in a general circulation journal for an audience of amateur astronomers.
Henry (from The Monthly Evening Sky Map, Vol. 9, No. 106, 1915). 72 Leonard remained an SPA director. 73 SPA VARIABLE STAR SECTION William Tyler Olcott of Norwich, Connecticut, served as the first leader of the SPA Variable Star Section upon Leonard’s invitation. By January 1912, Olcott was writing notes on variable star observing in the Monthly Register of the SPA. The SPA-VSS had about 15 members in 1912. 74 In late 1914, Leonard, an active variable star observer who contributed more than 1400 observations to Olcott’s own fledgling AAVSO between 1913 and 1917, announced he would lead the SPA variable star observing effort.