Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
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Jordan, Frank Craig

  • Eugene F. Milone
Reference work entry

BornCordova, Illinois, USA, 24 September 1865

DiedPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, 15 February 1941

Frank Jordan was a talented and resourceful observer, a respected astronomer, first at Yerkes Observatory and later at the University of Pittsburgh, and a director of the Allegheny Observatory until his death. Although tragedy stalked his personal life, he seems to have been generally optimistic and outgoing; it may not be irrelevant to note that he was an active member of the Presbyterian Church. He was the only child of John Henry Jordan and Louisiana Craig, who died in childbirth. He married Clara A. Ross in 1893. They had two children, a daughter, who died shortly after birth, and a son, Frank Warren, who died at age 3. His wife, who was chronically ill, passed away in 1907. Jordan then married a widow, Mrs. Harriet Caywood Roy, in 1909; they had one son, John William. Professor and Mrs. Jordan were both killed in a fire at their home, attributed to a coal gas explosion, in 1941; their...

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It is a pleasure to thank Ms. Marianne Kasica, of the University of Pittsburgh Archives Service Center, for providing essential references and details of Professor Jordan’s life and career. Important personal and professional details can be found in the obituary by Burns (1941) and in a testimonial by his contemporary Oliver J. Lee (1941).

Selected References

  1. Burns, K. (28 Feb. 1941). “Frank Craig Jordan.” Science 93: 201–202.ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Jordan, F. C. (1919). “The Color-Changes of Certain Variable Stars of Short Period.” Astrophysical Journal 50: 174–205.ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. — (1923). “An Eclipsing Variable with an Unusually Short Period.” Astronomical Journal 35: 44.Google Scholar
  4. — (1929). “Photographic Photometry with the Thirty-Inch Thaw Refractor: The Light Curves of Sixteen Eclipsing Variables. Publications of the Allegheny Observatory of the University of Pittsburgh 7, no. 2: 126–130.Google Scholar
  5. Lee, O. J. (1941). “Frank Craig Jordan.” Popular Astronomy 49: 231–236.ADSGoogle Scholar
  6. Sterken, C., E. F. Milone, and A. T. Young. (2011). “Photometric Precision and Accuracy.” In Astronomical Photometry: Past, Present, and Future, edited by E. F. Milone and C. Sterken, pp. 1–32. New York: Springer Verlag.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada