Frank Scott Hogg

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Frank Scott Hogg (June 26, 1904 – January 1, 1951) was born to Dr. James Scott Hogg and Ida Barberon in Preston, Ontario.

After earning and undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, Hogg received the second doctorate in astronomy awarded at Harvard University in 1929 where he pioneered in the study of spectrophotometry of stars and of spectra of comets.[1] His supervisor there was Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin.[2] During World War II, he developed a two-star sextant for air navigation. He was the head of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Toronto and director of the David Dunlap Observatory from 1946 until his death. During this time he pursued the observatory's major research program to study the motions of faint stars in the line of sight.[3]

The crater Hogg on the Moon is co-named for him and Arthur Hogg.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to fellow astronomer Helen Sawyer Hogg from 1930 until his death.


  1. ^ "Canadian Astronomers who Earned the Ph.D. at Harvard in the Shapley Era" (PDF). Hoffleit, Dorrit. Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. December 1999, Volume No. 3, Number 6. 262-271. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-03-08. 
  2. ^ Hockey, Thomas (2009). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers. Springer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-387-31022-0. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hogg, Frank Scott". Millman, Peter M. The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2007-03-08. 

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