Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Hockey, Virginia Trimble, Thomas R. Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard A. Jarrell, Jordan D. MarchéII, JoAnn Palmeri, Daniel W. E. Green

Shane, Charles Donald

  • Virginia Trimble
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BornAuburn, California, USA, 6 September 1895

DiedSanta Cruz, California, USA, 19 March 1983

American observational astronomer C. Donald Shane is eponymized in the 120-in. (3-m) Shane telescope at Lick Observatory, whose design and construction he oversaw. He made his most lasting impact on astronomy through the Shane-Wirtanen counts of galaxies, completed in 1954, which helped to establish the existence of structure in the Universe on the scale of superclusters.

Shane received an AB from the University of California (UC) (now UC Berkeley) in 1915 and took up a Lick Fellowship on Mount Hamilton the next year to work toward a Ph.D. in astronomy. After brief service (1917–1918) in World War I, he returned to complete his dissertation under  William Campbell and  Joseph Moore on the spectra of carbon stars.

Shortly before completing his degree, Shane married fellow graduate student Mary Lea Heger, who received her Ph.D. in astronomy in 1925, working on absorption features in stellar...

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Selected References

  1. Bateson, F. M. (1984). “Shane, C. Donald (1895–1983).” Southern Stars 30: 427.ADSGoogle Scholar
  2. Kron, Gerald E. (1984). “Charles Donald Shane.” Physics Today 37, no. 2: 80.ADSMathSciNetGoogle Scholar
  3. Shane, C. D. (1958). “A New Sky Atlas.” Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 70: 609–610.ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Shane, C. D. and C. A. Wirtanen (1954). “The Distribution of Extragalactic Nebulae.” Astronomical Journal 59: 285–304.ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Vasilevskis, S. (1984). “Charles Donald Shane.” Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society 25: 532–533.ADSGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CaliforniaIrvine School of Physical SciencesIrvineUSA