Raymond Smith Dugan

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Asteroids discovered: 16
497 Iva November 4, 1902
503 Evelyn January 19, 1903
506 Marion February 17, 1903
507 Laodica February 19, 1903
508 Princetonia April 20, 1903
510 Mabella May 20, 1903
511 Davida May 30, 1903
516 Amherstia September 20, 1903
517 Edith September 22, 1903
518 Halawe October 20, 1903
519 Sylvania October 20, 1903
521 Brixia January 10, 1904
523 Ada January 27, 1904
533 Sara April 19, 1904
534 Nassovia April 19, 1904
535 Montague May 7, 1904

Raymond Smith Dugan (May 30, 1878–August 31, 1940) was an American astronomer. His parents were Jeremiah Welby and Mary Evelyn Smith and he was born in Montague, Massachusetts.[1]

His undergraduate and Masters was from Amherst College in Massachusetts in 1899 and 1902. Dugan then received his Ph.D. dissertation in 1905 at the Landessternwarte Heidelberg-Königstuhl (Königstuhl Observatory, near Heidelberg) at the University of Heidelberg.[2]

At the time, the observatory at Heidelberg was a center of asteroid discovery under Max Wolf. During Dugan's time there, he discovered 16 asteroids, including notably 511 Davida.

He was employed by Princeton University as an instructor (1905–1908), assistant professor (1908–1920), and professor (1920—). He married Annette Rumford in 1909.

Dugan co-wrote an influential two-volume textbook in 1927 with Henry Norris Russell and John Quincy Stewart: Astronomy: A Revision of Young’s Manual of Astronomy (Ginn & Co., Boston, 1926–27, 1938, 1945). This became the standard astronomy textbook for about two decades. There were two volumes: the first was The Solar System and the second was Astrophysics and Stellar Astronomy.

The lunar crater Dugan and the asteroid 2772 Dugan are named in his honour.

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  1. ^ Hockey, Thomas (2009). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers. Springer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-387-31022-0. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ Landessternwarte Dissertation List at www.lsw.uni-heidelberg.de

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