Burnham, Sherburne Wesley
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BornThetford, Vermont, USA, 12 December 1838
DiedChicago, Illinois, USA, 11 March 1921
Sherburne Burnham, the leading discoverer, observer, and cataloger of double stars in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, was the son of Roswell O. and Marinda (née Foote) Burnham. Educated only in the local district school and the Thetford Academy, Burnham received no formal postsecondary education. For most of his life, Burnham was an amateur astronomer in the sense that he did not earn his living by his astronomical work. After completing his schooling, he acquired knowledge of shorthand and was employed by a stenographic recording firm in New York City. That employment apparently involved a trip to Europe, for while in London in 1861, Burnham acquired his first telescope, a 3-in. refractor on a simple tripod.
During the US Civil War, Burnham ...
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- Burnham, Sherburne Wesley
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- Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers
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- 1. Department of Earth Science, University of Northern Iowa
- 2. University of California, Irvine School of Physical Sciences
- 3. Rice University
- 4. Whitman College
- 5. York Univesity
- 6. University of Wisconsin
- 7. University of Oklahoma
- 8. Harvard University
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- 2161. National Research Council, Ottawa, ON, Canada
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