|Robert Grant Aitken|
Robert Grant Aitken (1864-1951)
December 31, 1864|
October 29, 1951 (age 86)|
|Institutions||University of California|
He worked at Lick Observatory in California. He systematically studied double stars, measuring their positions and calculating their orbits around one another. He methodically created a very large catalog of such stars, which was published in 1932 and entitled New General Catalogue of Double Stars Within 120o of the North Pole, with the orbit information enabling astronomers to calculate stellar mass statistics for a large number of stars. Aitken also measured positions and computed orbits for comets and natural satellites of planets.
In 1898 and 1915 he was elected president of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
Aitken was partly deaf and used a hearing aid. He married Jessie Thomas around 1888, and had three sons and one daughter. His grandson, Robert Baker Aitken, was a widely-known Zen Buddhist teacher and author.
Named after him
- ^ a b c Daintith, John (1981). "Aitken, Robert Grant". Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists. 1. New York: Facts On File, Inc.. pp. 9. ISBN 0871963965.
- Bruce Medal page
- Awarding of Bruce Medal
- Awarding of RAS gold medal
- Biographical Memoir (1958) by Van Den Bos
- Double Star Observer, Cataloguer, Statistician, and Observatory Director
- Additional Photos from the Emilio Segre Visual Archive, American Institute of Physics
- IrAJ 2 (1952) 27 (one paragraph)
- JO 35 (1952) 25 (in French)
- JRASC 46 (1952) 28
- MNRAS 112 (1952) 271
- PASP 64 (1952) 5
|NAME||Aitken, Robert Grant|
|DATE OF BIRTH||December 31, 1864|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Jackson, California|
|DATE OF DEATH||October 29, 1951|
|PLACE OF DEATH||Berkeley, California|
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