Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Hockey, Virginia Trimble, Thomas R. Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard A. Jarrell, Jordan D. MarchéII, JoAnn Palmeri, Daniel W. E. Green

Alden, Harold Lee

Reference work entry

BornChicago, Illinois, USA, 10 January 1890

DiedCharlottesville, Virginia, USA, 3 February 1964

Although the Yale University Observatory station in South Africa was the idea of  Frank Schlesinger, it was American Harold Alden who took most of the tens of thousands of photographic exposures that led to the determination of hundreds of new stellar parallaxes (1925–1945). Alden was later the director of the Leander McCormick Observatory.

Selected Reference

  1. Van de Kamp, Peter (1964). “Harold Lee Alden.” Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society 5: 291–293.ADSGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth ScienceUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA