n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Recollections of William S. Finsen : former director of the Republic Observatory
|Article Title||Recollections of William S. Finsen : former director of the Republic Observatory|
|© Publisher:||Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA)|
|Journal||MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Apr 2005|
|Pages||45 - 66|
Extracted from text ... 45 april 2005 Recollections of William S. Finsen Former Director of the Republic Observatory Robert Thorburn Ayton Innes (1861 - 1933) Director 1903 - 1927 The first director of the Observatory, and we owe a lot to him. He was born in 1861. He started life as an amateur astronomer. There is a story told that he had a small telescope and one night was watching the planet Venus as it descended low in the Western sky. Then as he followed it, an apartment house came into view of the telescope, and he saw a girl in a window there, ..
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