Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

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Virginia Trimble, Thomas R. Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard Jarrell, Jordan D. Marché, F. Jamil Ragep
Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 18, 2007 - Science - 1348 pages
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The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers is a unique and valuable resource for historians and astronomers alike. The two volumes include approximately 1550 biographical sketches on astronomers from antiquity to modern times. It is the collective work of about 400 authors edited by an editorial board of 9 historians and astronomers, and provides additional details on the nature of an entry and some summary statistics on the content of entries. This new reference provides biographical information on astronomers and cosmologists by utilizing contemporary historical scholarship.

Individual entries vary from 100 to 1500 words, including the likes of the superluminaries such as Newton and Einstein, as well as lesser-known astronomers like Galileo’s acolyte, Mario Guiducci.

A comprehensive contributor index helps researchers to identify the authors of important scientific topics and treatises.


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Hockey, T. (2007). The biographical encyclopedia of astronomers. (1st ed.). New York: Springer. Ellen Niehoff Call number: QB35 .B565 2007 This biographical encyclopedia contains information on how ... Read full review


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Thomas Hockey is professor of astronomy at the University of Northern Iowa.

Marvin Bolt is Associate Curator of the History of Astronomy Department at Chicago's Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum. He has a Ph.D. in Intellectual History and History & Philosophy of Science from the University of Notre Dame, where he concurrently holds the position of visiting scholar. In addition to working on the Adler's catalogue of optical instruments and publishing his dissertation on Sir John Herschel, he continues to research the social context of 19th century astronomy. He is a member of the History of Science Society and the William Herschel Society.

F. Jamil Ragep is Professor of the History of Science and former Coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

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