Date: 24, January 2019
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM (EDT)
Speaker: Jim Lattis of the UW Space Place
Location: UW Space Place, 2300 South Park Street, Madison, Wisconsin, United States 53713, Building: Atrium – Lower Level, Room Number: Suite 100
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Summary: Quantitative measurement of starlight came of age at Washburn Observatory in the decades just before the second World War. UW astronomers exploited the photoelectric effect along with the rapidly developing technologies of electronics to put stellar astronomy on a firm foundation and produce great advances in our understanding of galaxies, including our own. This talk will explore the Wisconsin contributions to the technology of astronomical photometry and its scientific fruits.
Jim Lattis: Dr. Jim Lattis is a historian of astronomy. He is a faculty associate in the UW-Madison Dept. of Astronomy and director of UW Space Place. His specialties include astronomy in the age of Galileo and the history of astronomy in Wisconsin. He is currently writing a book on the history of Washburn Observatory.