Charles Augustus Young

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This article is about the American professor and astronomer. For the American university professor and administrator, see Charles E. Young.
Charles Augustus Young
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Born (1834-12-15)December 15, 1834
Hanover, New Hampshire
Died January 3, 1908(1908-01-03) (aged 73)
Hanover, New Hampshire
Nationality United States
Fields astronomy
Institutions Princeton
Alma mater Dartmouth
Doctoral students Henry Norris Russell
Notable awards Janssen Medal (1890)[1]

Charles Augustus Young (December 15, 1834 – January 4, 1908) one of the foremost solar spectroscopist astronomers in the United States, died of pneumonia after a brief illness, at his home in Hanover, New Hampshire, on 4 January 1908. He observed solar eclipses and worked on spectroscopy of the Sun. He observed a solar flare with a spectroscope on 3 August 1872, and also noted that it coincided with a magnetic storm on Earth.

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

He was a successful educator who 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.



  1. ^ "Prix Janssen (médaille d'or)". L'Année scientifique et industrielle 35: p. 465. 1891. 

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