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Willard Peabody Gerrish

Willard Peabody Gerrish, American engineer, astronomer. Member Amherst Eclipse Expedn. to Japan, 1896. Designer of large telescopes at Harvard University, Amherst College and elsewhere.

Background

  • Gerrish, Willard Peabody was born on August 31, 1866 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, United States. Son of William Hamilton and Eliza Ann (Willoby) Gerrish.

  • Education

    • Educated Roxbury Latin school and Massachusetts Institute Technology.

    Career

    • Opened Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory, Milton, Massachusetts, as observer in charge, 1885. Joined staff of the Observatory of Harvard University, 1886. Assistant in Observatory Harvard, 1892-1913.

      Assistant professor mechanic engineering, Harvard University, 1913-1938, emeritus, 1938. Consulting engineer since 1902.

    Works

    • Author of the Telegraphic Cipher Code in international use for dissemination of astronomical information.

    Membership

    Member Amherst Eclipse Expedn. to Japan, 1896. Designer of large telescopes at Harvard University, Amherst College and elsewhere.

    Connections

    • Married Mary M. Wylie, October 24, 1896.
    • father: William Hamilton Gerrish
    • mother: Eliza Ann (Willoby) Gerrish
    • spouse: Mary M. Wylie
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    Born August 31, 1866
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