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Covers the foundation of and research undertaken by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory from 1890-1948, including the establishment of off-site mountain solar stations in many parts of the world.


  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Mount Wilson Observatory
  • Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Smithsonian Institution Annual Report for 1948 (Book)

Contact information

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




  • Observatories
  • Astrophysics
  • Field stations
  • Instruments
  • Secretaries
  • Solar energy
  • Solar collectors
  • Astronomy
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory--Field stations


Whitney, Mount (Calif.)

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pp. 167-175

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