Charles Augustus Young

Charles Augustus Young

Young, Charles Augustus, 1834-1908, American astronomer, b. Hanover, N.H., grad. Dartmouth, 1853. He discovered the reversing layer of the solar atmosphere and proved the gaseous nature of the sun's corona. He was a pioneer in the study of the spectrum of the sun and experimented in photographing solar prominences in full sunlight. He was professor (1857-66) of astronomy, natural philosophy, and mathematics at Western Reserve College (now Case Western Reserve Univ.), professor of astronomy and natural philosophy at Dartmouth College (1866-77), and professor of astronomy at Princeton (1877-1905). His works include The Sun (1881, rev. ed. 1896), Lessons in Astronomy (1891, rev. ed. 1918), and The Elements of Astronomy (1890, rev. ed. 1919).
Charles Augustus Young (December 15 1834January 3 1908) was an American astronomer.

He graduated from Dartmouth and later became a professor there in 1865, remaining until 1877 when he went to Princeton.

He observed solar eclipses and worked on spectroscopy of the Sun.

He was a successful educator. He wrote a popular and widely-used series of astronomy textbooks, including Manual of Astronomy. Many years later in 1927, when Henry Norris Russell, Raymond Smith Dugan and John Quincy Stewart wrote their own two-volume textbook, they entitled it Astronomy: A Revision of Young’s Manual of Astronomy.

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