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Abbot, Charles Greeley

Born: 1872 AD
Died: 1973 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Astronomers, Astrophysicist

1872 – Born on the 31st of May in Wilton, New Hampshire.

1894 – He graduated from Massachusetts Institute Of Technology located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1895 – He was hired because of his skill at laboratory work, despite his lack of experience in astronomy.

1896 – He became acting director of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory when Langley died.

1900 – He designed and built devices for measuring solar radiation, including a greatly improved

               Bolometer which measured the Sun’s inner corona at the solar eclipse in Wadesboro, North Carolina.

1907 – He succeed as a  director, and Charles Walcott became Smithsonian secretary.   

1910 – He won the Henry Draper Medal of the National Academy of Science.

1915 – He won the  Rumford Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

1918 – He became Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute.

1928 – He was a secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

        – He succeeded Walcott as Secretary and guided the Institute through the turbulent years of the

               Great Depression and World War II.

1938 – He authored perhaps his most singular study, although anonymously and this was his contribution

              to the Journal of Parapsychology detailing his studies into clairvoyance.

1944 – He retired as both  Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory director and Smithsonian Secretary ,

               being the first Smithsonian Secretary not  to die in office.

       – He delegated the National Museum largely to his Assistant Secretary, Alexander Wetmore who

               succeeded him as Secretary.

1949 – He published a replication of his findings, this time under his own name, in the Journal.

1973 – He obtained his last patent at the age of 101, the oldest inventor to ever receive a patent.

        – He died on the 17th of December in Washington.