Charles Augustus Young

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Charles Augustus Young
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Born (1834-12-15)December 15, 1834
Hanover, New Hampshire
Died January 3, 1908(1908-01-03) (aged 73)
Hanover, New Hampshire
Nationality United States
Alma mater Dartmouth
Awards Janssen Medal (1890)[1]
Scientific career
Fields astronomy
Institutions Princeton
Western Reserve
Doctoral students Henry Norris Russell

Charles Augustus Young (December 15, 1834 – January 4, 1908) one of the foremost solar spectroscopist astronomers in the United States, died of pneumonia after a brief illness, at his home in Hanover, New Hampshire, on 4 January 1908. He observed solar eclipses and worked on spectroscopy of the Sun. He observed a solar flare with a spectroscope on 3 August 1872, and also noted that it coincided with a magnetic storm on Earth.

Graduated from Dartmouth in 1853. For two years, he taught classes at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. The following year, he studied theological seminary in Andover, while also continuing to teach.

In 1857, he became the Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy at Western Reserve College, now known as Case Western Reserve University, devoting nine years. Young's name is inscribed on the Loomis Observatory.[2]

In 1862, he served in the 85th Regiment of Ohio during the Civil War.[3]

in 1865, he became a professor at his alma mater Dartmouth, remaining until 1877 when he went to teach at Princeton.

He was a successful educator who wrote a popular and widely used series of astronomy textbooks, including Manual of Astronomy. Many years later in 1927, when Henry Norris Russell, Raymond Smith Dugan and John Quincy Stewart wrote their own two-volume textbook, they entitled it Astronomy: A Revision of Young’s Manual of Astronomy.

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  1. ^ "Prix Janssen (médaille d'or)". L'Année scientifique et industrielle. 35: 465. 1891. 
  2. ^ "Photo: Loomis Observatory Marker". www.hmdb.org. 
  3. ^ Frost, Edwin B. (1909). "Charles Augustus Young". The Astrophysical Journal. 30: 323. Bibcode:1909ApJ....30..323F. doi:10.1086/141709. 

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