Aldrich Retires from SAO

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Loyal B. Aldrich retires after 46 years with the Astrophysical Observatory. He was an assistant in the Observatory until 1930, when he was made assistant director under Charles Greeley Abbot. He took over in the duties of the director in 1945 when Abbot retired. Fred Lawrence Whipple is appointed his successor, effective July 1, 1955.


  • Aldrich, Loyal Blaine 1884-1965
  • Whipple, Fred Lawrence 1906-
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Torch, July 1955, p. 1
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1955, p. 11

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


June 30, 1955


  • Astrophysics
  • Astronomy
  • Retirement

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