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WILLIAM HUGGINS: CELESTIAL CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

I.S. GLASS

in Revolutionaries of the Cosmos

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199550258
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191718700 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550258.003.0005
WILLIAM HUGGINS: CELESTIAL CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

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This chapter investigates the life of William Huggins and his wife Margaret and their major role in the development of astrophysics, especially in the analysis of starlight. It discusses William's life after his father got seriously ill and how he was able to pursue his interest in microscopy and astronomy. It explains that Huggins's greatest discovery occurred late in 1864 during his work on the so-called ‘nebulae’. It also discusses his work on the ‘Nova’ or stellar outburst, comets, solar eclipse, nebulium, and the radial motion of the stars. It narrates Huggins's experience as a witness at a séance. This chapter also describes the last years of the couple.

Keywords: William Huggins; astrophysics; starlight; nebulae; nebulium; solar eclipse

Chapter.  16403 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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