A Shelter for Observers on Mount Whitney

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Summary

Describes the construction of a shelter for astrophysical observers at the summit of Mount Whitney in California in 1909. Traces the original idea for the shelter to his predecessor, Samuel P. Langley, who visited the site in 1881 and discusses the role of W. W. Campbell, director of the Link Observatory in its construction and early research.

Subject

  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872
  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Campbell, W. W
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Field stations

Category

Smithsonian History Bibliography

Citation information

Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections Vol. LII, No. 1921

Notes

Includes several images of the shelter and a floor plan. Abbot was director of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

1910

Topic

  • Observatories
  • Astrophysics
  • Instruments
  • Secretaries
  • Construction (Buildings)
  • Astronomy

Place

Whitney, Mount (Calif.)

Physical description

Number of pages : 08; Page numbers : 499-506

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