Winslow Upton

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Winslow Upton
Portrait of Winslow Upton
BornOctober 12, 1853 (1853-10-12)
DiedJanuary 8, 1914 (1914-01-09) (aged 60)
Alma materBrown University, University of Cincinnati
Spouse(s)Cornelia Augusta Babcock
Scientific career
FieldsAstronomy, Meteorology
InstitutionsLadd Observatory
Doctoral studentsFrederick Slocum

Winslow Upton (born in Salem, Massachusetts, 12 October 1853; died Providence, Rhode Island, 8 January 1914) was a United States astronomer.[1]


He received an A.B. degree from Brown University and was valedictorian when he graduated in 1875.[1] Upton then worked as an assistant at Mitchel Observatory of the University of Cincinnati where he received his master's degree in 1877.[1]

He was an assistant at the Harvard Observatory for several years, then assistant engineer of the U. S. Lake Survey, and later computor of the U.S. Naval Observatory and of the U.S. Signal Service.[2] He was appointed professor of astronomy at Brown in 1883 and became director of Ladd Observatory when it opened in 1891.[3] He was a member of the U. S. government eclipse expeditions of 1878 and 1883, also of two private expeditions sent out in 1887 and 1889, and in 1896-97 was attached to the southern station of Harvard University at Arequipa, Peru.[4]

Published works[edit]

  • Upton, Winslow (1896). Star atlas, containing stars visible to the naked eye. Boston: Ginn & Co. LCCN 05008125. Retrieved October 17, 2012.


  1. ^ a b c Slocum, Frederick (1914). "Winslow Upton". Popular Astronomy. 22: 208–211. Bibcode:1914PA.....22..208S.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Martha (1993). "Upton, Winslow". Encyclopedia Brunoniana. Providence, R.I.: Brown University Library. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Martha (1993). "Ladd Observatory". Encyclopedia Brunoniana. Providence, RI: Brown University Library. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  4. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWilson, J. G.; Fiske, J., eds. (1900). "Upton, Winslow" . Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.