William Harkness

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Birthday
17, 1837
Birthplace
Scotland
Death Date
Feb 28, 1903 (65)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
17, 1837
Birthplace
Scotland
Death Date
Feb 28, 1903 (65)

About

19th-century astronomer who designed telescopes and served on the Transit of Venus commission. He also invented the spherometer caliper.

Before Fame

He studied at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and at the University of Rochester (New York state) before moving to New York City to train as a physician. During the Civil War, he worked as a Union Army surgeon.

Trivia

He published his most important scientific work, The Solar Parallax and its Related Constants, in 1891.

Family Life

He was born in Ecclefechan, Scotland to James Harkness and Jane Wield Harkness.

Associated With

He and Nobel Prize-winning chemist, Peter Agre, both held the position (a century apart) of president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.