The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2007 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Hockey, Virginia Trimble, Thomas R. Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard A. Jarrell, Jordan D. MarchéII, F. Jamil Ragep, JoAnn Palmeri, Marvin Bolt

Ross, Frank Elmore

  • Richard Baum
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BornSan Francisco, California, USA, 2 April 1874

DiedPasadena, California, USA, 21 September 1960

Frank Ross is known for the Ross correcting lens and his lists of new proper‐motion stars. His father, Daniel Ross, a building contractor, lost a fortune during the California gold‐mining boom. In 1882, the family moved to San Rafael, California, where Ross attended grammar school and cultivated an interest in mathematics. He entered the University of California at Berkeley and received his BS degree in 1896. He got his Ph.D. from the same institution in 1901.

Ross was appointed as an assistant at the Nautical Almanac Office, Washington, District of Columbia (1902), research assistant in the Carnegie Institution (1903–1905), and director of the International Latitude Station at Gaithersburg, Maryland (1905–1915). He joined the Eastman Kodak Company (1915), and carried out important investigations on the physics of the photographic process until 1924 when he joined the Yerkes Observatory...

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Selected References

  1. Morgan, W. W. (1967). “Frank Elmore Ross.” Biographical Memoirs, National Academy of Sciences 39: 391–402.Google Scholar
  2. Ross, Frank E. (1926). “Photographs of Mars, 1926.” Astrophysical Journal 64: 243–249.ADSGoogle Scholar
  3. ——— (1928). “Photographs of Venus.” Astrophysical Journal 68: 57–92.ADSGoogle Scholar
  4. Ross, Frank E., Mary R. Calvert, and Kenneth Newman (1934). Atlas of the Northern Milky Way. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar

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