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

Ames, Adelaide

  • Katherine Bracher
Reference work entry

BornRock Island, Illinois, USA, 3 June 1900

DiedSquam Lake, New Hampshire, USA, 26 June 1932

Adelaide Ames is best known for her work on galaxies with Harlow Shapley, which resulted in the Shapley-Ames catalogue of galaxies, published in 1932.

Ames was born in Rock Island, Illinois, on 3 June 1900, the daughter of Colonel Thales Lucius Ames of the United States Army and Margaretta Natline Kelton. She attended Vassar College, graduating in 1922, and earned an M.A. from Radcliffe College in 1924. She had thought of a career in journalism, but Shapley hired her in 1923 as a research assistant at the Harvard College Observatory. They worked together on photometry of the brighter galaxies. In 1931 she published a catalogue of some 2,800 galaxies in Coma Berenices and Virgo. She collaborated with Shapley on A Survey of the External Galaxies Brighter than the Thirteenth Magnitude, published in 1932, incorporating all known galaxies down to magnitude 13.2. This catalogue included positions,...

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Selected References

  1. “Research Astronomer Lost by Drowning” (1932). Popular Astronomy40:448–449.Google Scholar
  2. Shapley, H. and A. Ames (1932). Annals of Harvard College Observatory 88 (2):43.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Whitman CollegeWalla WallaUSA