Reference Work Entry

Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

pp 1271-1272


Lampland, Carl Otto


Bornnear Hayfield, Minnesota, USA, 29 December 1873

DiedFlagstaff, Arizona, USA, 14 December 1951

Carl Lampland was involved with both of the solar system projects for which the Lowell Observatory became famous: observations of Mars and the search for “Planet X.” He also accumulated a massive collection of fine photographs of nebulae, including galaxies and gaseous nebulae, and made accurate estimates of the temperatures and temperature balances for various objects in the solar system.

Lampland was the third of 11 children born to Norwegian parents. He received a B.S. degree in 1899 from Valparaiso Normal School at Valparaiso, Indiana. Lampland then graduated with a B.A. degree in astronomy from Indiana University in 1902. He accepted a position as astronomer at the invitation of Percival Lowell from the Lowell Observatory in 1902. Lampland also received an M.A. degree in 1906 and an honorary L.L.D. in 1930 from Indiana University.

In the early years at Flagstaff, Lampland was closely asso ...

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