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Author Orchiston, D. Wayne,
Title John Tebbutt : rebuilding and strengthening the foundations of Australian astronomy / Wayne Orchiston.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2017.

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Author Orchiston, D. Wayne,
Series Historical & Cultural Astronomy.
Historical & cultural astronomy.
Subject Tebbutt, John, 1834-1917.
Astronomers -- Australia -- Biography.
Astronomy -- Australia.
Description 1 online resource (586 pages).
Note Print version record.
Contents Part I: Overview -- 1. John Tebbutt: Australian astronomer extraordinaire -- Introduction -- Tebbutt: The man -- The formative years -- The Great Comet of 1861 -- The first observatory -- An emerging reputation -- Still more telescopes and observatories -- A succession of societies -- A commitment to observational astronomy -- Astronomy and beyond -- Academic publications aplenty -- Promoting popular interest in astronomy -- A magnificent research and reference library -- Status and recognition -- Just rewards -- An enduring legacy -- Concluding remarks -- 2. An invaluable resource: The 'Tebbutt collection' in the Mitchell library, Sydney -- Introduction: The C41/ICHA archives working group -- The Tebbutt collection -- The missing records -- Concluding remarks -- Part II: Background context -- 3. The development of professional astronomy in the Nineteenth century Australia -- Introduction -- Sir Thomas Brisbane: Pioneering days at Parramatta observatory -- From imperial to independent astronomy: The development of the colonial observatories -- Concluding remarks -- 4. The role of the independent astronomer in Early Australian astronomy -- Introduction -- A calvalcade of comets adn transits: The growth of popular interest in astronomy -- Independent astronomers to the fore: The rise of the private observatories -- An evolving science: Impact of the leading non-professional astronomers on Australian astronomy -- Professionals and non-professionals: Colleagues or competitors? -- Concluding remarks -- Part III. Case studies -- 5. Introduction -- 6. The Great Comet of 1861: A magnificent career catalyst -- Introduction -- A 'nebula' is noted: Discovery of the Great Comet of 1861 -- Ridicule and rancour: The price of publicising -- A celestial spectacle: The comet in Northern skies -- Recovery of the comet: Its reappearance in Australian skies -- Rightful recognition: Compensating for the passage of time and tyranny of distance -- Concluding remarks -- 7. An urge for independence: The Sydney observatory directorship -- Introduction -- Trials and tribulations: The first Sydney observatory directorship -- John Tebbutt of neighboring Windsor: The ideal new director? -- Concluding remarks -- 8. From humble beginnings: The development of Windsor observatory -- Introduction -- A serious commitment to observational astronomy: Purchase of the Jones Refractor -- 'Wholly the work of my own hands': The first Windsor observatory building -- A new home for a new telescope: The second wooden observatory -- A proper astronomical centre: The substantial brick building of 1879 -- Accommodating the eight inch: The demand for a new brick observatory -- Concluding remarks -- 9. A timely spectacle: The Great Comet of 1881 -- Introduction -- A successful scan of the Southern Sky: Discovery of a new comet -- An evolving object: Subsequent observations of the comet -- An enduring legacy: The Great Comet's contribution to astronomy -- Concluding remarks -- 10. An abortive association: The Australian comet corps -- Introduction -- An association of observers: The proposed 'Australian Comet Corps' -- In search of comets: Putting the concept to the test -- A combination of factors: The demise of the Australian comet corps -- Concluding remarks -- 11. A gain in light grasp: The legacy of the Grubb telescope -- Introduction -- The tyranny of distance: Tebbutt's purchase of the telescope -- Exploiting the increased light grasp and a drive: An ongoing commitment to observational astronomy -- Concluding remarks -- 12. Power, politics and prestige: The Russell-Tebbutt feud -- Introduction -- From friend to foe: Narrative of a deteriorating relationship -- A fully frontal attack: The Sydney Morning Herald and the pamphlet -- Paying a heavy price: The consequences of confrontation -- Concluding remarks -- 13. Astronomers in isolation: A new branch of the British Astronomical Association -- Introduction -- Astronomical agitation in Sydney: The mooted Australian astronomical society -- Organising astronomy in Sydney: Formation of the BAA branch -- Progress or perish: The critical first 5 years -- Leading by example: The vital role played by Tebbutt -- Concluding remarks -- 14. The end of an era: A welcome and well-earned retirement -- Introduction -- An inevitable decision: The end of an illustrious 'career' -- A 'Clayton's retirement': Post-1903 astronomical activities -- Honours at home and abroad: Rightful recognition at long last -- Concluding remarks -- 15. The sequel: From scientific observatory to Museum of Astronomy -- Introduction -- A tale of loose ends: Dispersal of the Windor observatory scientific instruments -- Refurbished as a Museum of Astronomy: A new role for an historic observatory.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Summary This book marks the centennial of Tebbutt's death with a major biographical account surveying his scientific contributions to astronomy, prefaced with a foreword by Sir Patrick Moore. During the second half of the nineteenth century, Tebbutt was Australia's foremost astronomer. He devoted his time and funds to astronomy, and built a truly international reputation that far surpassed Australia's leading professional astronomers of the day. This book marks the centennial of Tebbutt's death with a major biographical account. Tebbutt's remarkable record of achievement extends over more than half a century. Orchiston's book covers the whole of Tebbutt's career, from his yearly observatory reports and comet discoveries to his time as the first president of Sydney's branch of the British Astronomical Association.
ISBN 9783319445212 (electronic bk.)
3319445219 (electronic bk.)
9783319445205 (print)
OCLC # 964404414
Additional Format Print version: 9783319445205 (OCoLC)970656046.

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