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GEORGE ELLERY HALE: PROVIDING THE TOOLS

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/9780199550258.003.0006
GEORGE ELLERY HALE: PROVIDING THE TOOLS

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This chapter begins by discussing the biography of George Ellery Hale's family. It then describes George's early years, his school life, and how his interest in astronomy was aroused. It narrates how George invented the spectroheliograph and the discovery of the flocculi. It tells of how George obtained popularity in the field of astronomy and the construction of his own observatory in Kenwood. This chapter also discusses several of his discoveries at Kenwood and his invention of the largest refracting telescope ever made. It mentions George's construction of the solar telescope and his aim to find out if the sun had an overall magnetic field. It then describes the hardships that Hale faced when he began to suffer from nervousness and an inability to sleep or concentrate. It tells of Hale's work in Mount Wilson.

Keywords: George Ellery Hale; astronomy; spectroheliograph; flocculi; Kenwood; refracting telescope; Mount Wilson

Chapter.  19141 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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