John Tebbutt

Rebuilding and Strengthening the Foundations of Australian Astronomy

  • Wayne Orchiston

Part of the Historical & Cultural Astronomy book series (HCA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlvii
  2. Overview

  3. Background Context

  4. Case Studies

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 547-555

About this book


This book marks the centennial of Tebbutt's death with a major biographical account surveying his scientific contributions to astronomy, prefaced with a foreword by Sir Patrick Moore. During the second half of the nineteenth century, Tebbutt was Australia's foremost astronomer. He devoted his time and funds to astronomy, and built a truly international reputation that far surpassed Australia's leading professional astronomers of the day. This book marks the centennial of Tebbutt's death with a major biographical account. Tebbutt's remarkable record of achievement extends over more than half a century.

Orchiston's book covers the whole of Tebbutt's career, from his yearly observatory reports and comet discoveries to his time as the first president of Sydney's branch of the British Astronomical Association.


Australian Comet Corps 19th century Australian astronomy Nineteenth century Australian astronomy Grubb telescope Windsor Observatory Sydney Observatory Directorship Russell-Tebbutt Feud

Authors and affiliations

  • Wayne Orchiston
    • 1
  1. 1.National Astronomical Research Institute of ThailandSuthep District, MuangThailand

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