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Bond, William Cranch

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Born: 1789 AD
Died: 1859 AD, at 69 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Astronomers

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1789 - Born on September 9th in Falmouth, District of Maine, Massachusetts (now Portland, Maine). American astronomer who, with his son George Phillips Bond, discovered Hyperion, the eighth satellite of Saturn, and an inner ring called Ring C, or the Crepe Ring.

1806 - Bond was a watchmaker who became interested in astronomy after observing the solar eclipse.

         - He built a home observatory that was one of the finest in the United States at that time.

1815 - Bond traveled to Europe, commissioned by Harvard University to gather information on European observatories.

1819 - Married to his first cousin, Selina Cranch on July 18th at Kingsbridge in Devon.

1839 - He was appointed the first astronomical observer at Harvard College.

1847 - He became the first director of the Harvard Observatory.

1848 - Bond undertook extensive studies of the Orion Nebula and Saturn, and that year he discovered Hyperion in collaboration with his son.

1849 - Was elected an associate of Britain's Royal Astronomical Society, the first American so honoured.

1850 - The Bonds made the first recognizable daguerreotype of the Moon and of a star (Vega).

         - They discovered the dark inner ring of Saturn (the Crepe Ring), which Lassell discovered independently only a few nights later.

1857 - The Bonds made the first recognizable photographic print of the Moon.

1859 - Died on January 29th in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

         - His son George Phillips succeeded him as director of the Harvard Observatory.

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