George W. Hough

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George Washington Hough
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Born (1836-10-24)October 24, 1836
Montgomery, New York
Died January 1, 1909(1909-01-01) (aged 72)

George Washington Hough (October 24, 1836 – January 1, 1909)[1] was an American astronomer born in Montgomery, New York. He discovered 627 double stars and made systematic studies of the surface of Jupiter. He designed and constructed several instruments used in astronomy, meteorology, and physics. From 1862 to 1874, Hough was director of Dudley Observatory, Albany, New York. In 1879 he was appointed professor of astronomy at the University of Chicago. He became the director of Dearborn Observatory when the observatory was moved to Evanston, Illinois. He introduced original plans for the dome and electric control for the telescope.


  1. ^ Hockey, Thomas (2009). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers. Springer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-387-31022-0. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 

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