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Astronomy -- History -- 19th and 20th Centuries

The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is the history of astronomy.


Six Superlative Sources

· Dick, Wolfgang R., Astronomiae Historia / History of Astronomy. Superb website with links to practically all the good history of astronomy on the web.

· Clerke, Agnes, A Popular History of Astronomy during the Nineteenth Century (Adam and Charles Black, 1885, 1887, 1893, 1902; reprinted by Scholarly Press, 1977).

· Struve, Otto and Velta Zebergs, Astronomy of the 20th Century (Macmillan 1962).

· Gingerich, Owen, ed., Astrophysics and Twentieth-Century Astronomy to 1950: Part A. The General History of Astronomy, Vol. 4 (Cambridge University Press 1984).

· Lang, Kenneth R. and Owen Gingerich, eds., A Source Book in Astronomy and Astrophysics, 1900-75 (Harvard University Press, 1979). Original papers with commentary.

· Tenn, Joseph S., The Bruce Medalists Brief biographies, pictures, and references for more than 90 astronomers awarded medals for lifetime achievement.

Other Excellent Sources

· O'Connor, John J and Edmund F. Robertson, The MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive Excellent biographies for a great many mathematicians, including quite a few astronomers and physicists. See also the History Topics.

· Hearnshaw, J. B., The Analysis of Starlight (Cambridge University Press, 1986).

· Hearnshaw, J. B., The Measurement of Starlight (Cambridge University Press, 1996).

· Wright, Helen, Explorer of the Universe: A Biography of George Ellery Hale (E.P. Dutton, 1966; reprinted by Springer Verlag, 1994).

· Lankford, John, ed., History of Astronomy: An Encyclopedia (Garland Pub. Co. 1997).

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