Peter Millman and the study of meteor spectra at Harvard University

Tors, Steven, and Orchiston, Wayne (2009) Peter Millman and the study of meteor spectra at Harvard University. Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, 12 (3). pp. 211-223.

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Abstract

During the 1930s meteor astronomy entered a new era when the Canadian astronomer, Peter Millman, began investigating the spectra of meteors for his post-graduate studies at Harvard University. Whilst experimenting with different lenses, prisms, shutters, photographic plates, and observational techniques, Millman constructed a number of different meteor spectrographs, and by conducting systematic photographic surveys between November 1931 and February 1933 almost tripled the number of meteor spectra known to exist. Through these efforts, in less than two years he was responsible for single-handedly launching a whole new field of meteor investigation.

Item ID: 21076
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Peter M. Millman, Harvard University, meteor astronomy, meteor spectra
ISSN: 1440-2807
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2012 07:02
FoR Codes: 02 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020199 Astronomical and Space Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences @ 100%
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