This collection contains the papers of Russell Tracy Crawford, an astronomer and professor at the University of California
for several decades in the 20th century. Materials include personal and professional correspondence, research notes and charts
related to his extensive work on comet orbits, travel diaries and photographs, and published writings. Also included are some
collected clippings pertaining to Crawford's early academic career at the University of California, and biographical information
written after his death in 1958.
Russell Tracy Crawford was an astronomer and professor who was associated with the University of California for over 50 years.
Earning his degrees in astronomy in 1897 and 1901, he then worked as a professor and astronomer for the university in various
capacities until his retirement in 1946. Crawford earned one of the first fellowships granted by the Lick Observatory in 1897,
and finished his doctoral work there using the meridian circle with astronomer R.H. Tucker. Crawford is well known for his
work in theoretical astronomy, and his observations and computations of comet orbits. He published over a hundred articles
and a book entitled
The Determination of Orbits of Comets and Asteroids.
2.45 Linear Feet
3 boxes, 1 oversize box
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