Time of Troubles

  • George Wise
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 316)


Astronomical observation had continued during the star war. On September 10, 1858, George Searle of the Coast Survey discovered a new asteroid. He invited Blandina Dudley to name it. As Benjamin Boss later dryly put it, “she proposed the name Pandora, significant for the troubled period through which the observatory was passing.”68 That time of troubles would continue for the next two decades. It would provide a continuing reflection on the inadequacy of civic science in an era when American astronomy was making a clear if uneven rise toward an organized professional status.


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    On Brunnow, Patricia Whitsell has kindly supplied information related to her forthcoming articled on Brunnow’s experience at the Dudley Observatory. Quotes here are from, Mitchel to Olcott, May 2, 1859, 11 April 1860, Administrative Records, Olcott, Box 28, Folder 5, DOAGoogle Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • George Wise
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  1. 1.Dudley ObservatorySchenectadyUSA

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