Comrie, Leslie John
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BornPukekoke, New Zealand, 15 August 1883
DiedLondon, England, 10 December 1950
Leslie Comrie was an early leader in the modernization of computing techniques for astronomy, pioneering the use of machines to both speed production and improve the accuracy of astronomical tables. Comrie was the elder son of John Alexander and Lois Helen Comrie. His paternal grandparents immigrated to New Zealand from Scotland in the 1850s.
Comrie majored in chemistry and graduated with a BA from University College, Auckland, in 1915. He earned an MA in chemistry in 1916. Comrie developed an interest in astronomy while at University College and joined the British Astronomical Association [BAA] while still a student. After teaching for a short time at Auckland Grammar School, Comrie joined the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces and was in active service in France where he lost a leg during World War I. In 1919, Comrie was awarded a New Zealand Expedit ...
- Comrie, L. J. (1925). “The Application of Calculating Machines to Astronomical Computing.” Popular Astronomy 33: 243–246.
- — (1932). “The Application of the Hollerith Tabulating Machine to Brown’s Tables of the Moon.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 92: 694–707.
- — (1933). “Computing the Nautical Almanac.” Nautical Magazine (July): 33–48.
- Croarken, Mary (1990). Early Scientific Computing in Britain. Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp. 22–46, 102–106.
- — (1999). “Case 5,656: L. J. Comrie and the Origins of the Scientific Computing Service Ltd.” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 21, no. 4: 70–71.
- — (2000). “L. J. Comrie: A Forgotten Figure on the History of Numerical Computation.” Mathematics Today 36, no. 4: 114–118.
- Greaves, W. M. H. (1953). “Leslie John Comrie.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 113: 294–304.
- Massey, H. S. W. (1952). “Leslie John Comrie.” Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society 8: 96–107.
- Comrie, Leslie John
- Reference Work Title
- Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers
- pp 451-453
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- Springer New York
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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
- Mary Croarken (380)
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- 380. University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
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