Gould, Benjamin Apthorp
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BornBoston, Massachusetts, USA, 27 September 1824
DiedCambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 26 November 1896
Benjamin Apthorp Gould founded the Astronomical Journal, copioneered with Lewis Rutherfurd the application of photography to astrometry (the determination of the positions of the stars and planets), headed the effort to use the first successful transatlantic telegraph cable to determine the longitude difference between Boston and Liverpool, and created the first comprehensive catalogs of Southern Hemisphere stars. Along the way, Gould was the first director of the Dudley Observatory in Albany, New York, one of the original members of the National Academy of Sciences established by the US Congress in 1863, and a founder and first director of the National Observatory at Córdoba, Argentina.
The eldest of four children born to Benjamin Apthorp Gould, Sr. and Lucretia Dana Goddard, Gould was precocious, reading aloud by age 3, composing Latin odes by age 5, and giving lectures on electricity b ...
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- Gould, Benjamin Apthorp
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- Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers
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- 1. Department of Earth Science, University of Northern Iowa
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- 3. Rice University
- 4. Whitman College
- 5. York Univesity
- 6. University of Wisconsin
- 7. University of Oklahoma
- 8. Harvard University
- Trudy E. Bell (752)
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- 752. High-Performance AstroComputing Center, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
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