Samuel Pierpont Langley

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Memorial written after Smithsonian Secretary Samuel Pierpont Langley's death. Covers his background and early life; work at the University of Pennsylvania and the Allegheny Observatory; his research, lectures, and publications; appointment as Secretary of the Smithsonian and the establishment of the National Zoological Park and Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory during his tenure; and his honors and awards.


  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Western University of Pennsylvania
  • Allegheny Observatory


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


Reprinted in Smithsonian Institution Annual Report for 1906, p. 515-533. Written by the Smithsonian librarian.

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Philosophical Society of Washington Bulletin Vol. 15 (Journal)

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