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Young, Charles Augustus, 1834-1908



  • Existence: 1834 - 1908

Charles Augustus Young was born on December 15, 1834, in Hanover, NH. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1853. From 1853 to 1855, he taught classics at Philips Academy in Andover, Mass before accepting a position as Professor of Mathematics, Natural Philosophy and Astronomy at Western Reserve College in Hudson, Ohio. After serving as captain in Company B of the 85th O.V.I. regiment during the Civil War, he was called upon to become Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and Professor of Astronomy at Dartmouth College in 1866. While at Dartmouth he made some important spectroscopic observations and devised a form of automatic spectroscope. In 1891, Young received the Janssen Medal from the French Academy of Sciences. Young died in 1908.

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Charles A. Young papers

Identifier: ML-49
Overview Charles A. Young (1834-1908), professor of astronomy. Dartmouth Class of 1853. The collection consists of diaries, notebooks, correspondence, and photographs related to Young's career as an astronomer with a particular emphasis on solar eclipses and comets. The manuscript of his book, "Manual of Astronomy" is also included.