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Frank E. Ross

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Dates

April 2, 1874 – September 21, 1960

Authorized Form of Name

Ross, Frank E. (Frank Elmore), 1874-1960

Additional Forms of Names

Ross, F. E., 1874-1960

Ross, Frank Elmore, 1874-1960

Biography

Abstract

Frank Ross was Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at University of Chicago (1942-1960). Other institutional affiliations included Eastman Kodak Company and the International Geodetic Association. His research included the photographic effects on the accuracy in registration of the position of star images, the discovery of new stars, photography of other planets including Mars and Venus, and the introduction of correcting lens systems for use with large reflecting telescopes.

Important Dates

April 2, 1874Birth, San Francisco (Calif.).

1896Obtained BS, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley (Calif.).

1896 – 1897Teacher of Mathematics and Physics, Mount Tamalpais Military Academy.

1898 – 1899Staff Member, Lick Observatory, University of California.

1900Assistant Professor of Mathematics, University of Nevada.

1901Obtained PhD in Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley (Calif.).

1901 – 1902Computer, Watson Fund.

1902 – 1903Assistant, Nautical Almanac Office, United States Navy.

1903 – 1905Assistant, Carnegie Institution of Washington.

1905 – 1915Director, International Latitude Station, International Geodetic Association, Gaithersburg (Md.).

1915 – 1924Physicist, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester (N.Y.).

1924 – 1960Associate Professor of Astronomy (1924-1948); Professor of Astronomy (1928-1942); and Emeritus Professor of Astronomy (1942-1960), University of Chicago, Chicago (Ill.).

1930Member, National Academy of Sciences.

September 21, 1960Death, Altadena (Calif.).

Occupation

Astronomer.

Places

Birth

San Francisco (Calif.)

Undergraduate Education

Berkeley (Calif.)

Graduate Education

Berkeley (Calif.)

Employment

Gaithersburg (Md.)

Rochester (N.Y.)

Chicago (Ill.)

Death

Altadena (Calif.)

Subjects

Astronomy.

Photography.

Planetary science.

Telescopes.

Relationships

People

Family

Benton, Margaret J.

First Wife. Married in 1904.

Bischoff, Elizabeth

Second Wife. Married in 1913.

Ross, Anna Olivia Lee

Third Wife.

Colleagues

Chandrasekhar, S. (Subrahmanyan), 1910-1995

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Henyey, Louis G., 1910-1970

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Lee, T. D., 1926-

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Mason, Max, 1877-1961

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Additional

Pease, F. G. (Francis Gladheim), 1881-

Schlesinger, Frank, 1871-1943

Seares, Frederick Hanley

Van de Kamp, Peter, 1901-1995

Institutions

Major Positions

Carnegie Institution of Washington

Assistant.

Eastman Kodak Company

Physicist.

International Geodetic Association

Director, International Latitude Station, Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Lick Observatory

Staff Member.

Mount Tamalpais Military Academy

Teacher of Mathematics and Physics.

United States. Navy

Assistant, Nautical Almanac Office.

University of Chicago. Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Associate Professor of Astronomy; Professor of Astronomy; and Emeritus Professor of Astronomy.

University of Nevada, Reno

Assistant Professor of Mathematics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

University of California, Berkeley. Department of Mathematics

Obtained PhD (1901).

University of California, Berkeley. Department of Physics

Obtained BS (1896).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Frank Elmore Ross biographical materials, 1960 and 2012.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Frederick Hanley Seares papers, 1909-1945.

Henry E. Huntington Library

1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108, USA

Subject

Dedication of McDonald Observatory at Fort Davis, Texas [motion picture] / taken by Peter Van de Kamp.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Francis G. Pease papers, 1850-1937 (bulk 1905-1937).

Henry E. Huntington Library

1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108, USA

Frank Schlesinger Allegheny Observatory correspondence [microform], 1905-1920.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Mount Wilson Observatory Optical Shop papers, 1903-1938.

Henry E. Huntington Library

1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108, USA

Yerkes Observatory logbooks and notebooks, 1892-1988.

The Joseph Regenstein Library. Department of Special Collections

University of Chicago

1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637, USA

Published Resources

Subject

"Frank Elmore Ross: 1874-1960", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences

Frank E. Ross Physics Today obituary.