George Bassett Clark

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George Bassett Clark (February 14, 1827 – December 20, 1891) was an American instrument maker and astronomer.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts and educated at Phillips Academy, Andover, he was the son of Alvan Clark, part of a family of refracting telescope makers in the 19th century. In 1846, George Bassett Clark joined his father and brother at the family's telescope works in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[1] The firm, Alvan Clark & Sons, made many of the record-breaking refracting instruments, including the still-largest refracting telescope at the Yerkes Observatory, gaining "worldwide fame and distribution", wrote one author on astronomy in 1899.[1] Clark was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1878.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Stars and their investigators" (PDF). The New York Times. July 16, 1899. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  2. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter C" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved September 11, 2016. 

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