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

Stetson, Harlan True

  • Richard A. Jarrell
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BornHaverhill, Massachusetts, USA, 28 June 1885

DiedFort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, 14 October 1964

American observer and popularizer of astronomy Harlan Stetson was particularly interested in tracking the effects of solar activity on propagation of radio waves in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. The son of Henry Allen Stetson and Jennie Sarah Rowe, he studied at Brown University (B.A.: 1908), Dartmouth College (Sc.M.: 1910), and the University of Chicago (Ph.D. in astrophysics: 1915). Stetson married Florence May Brigham on 4 September 1912; they had three children, Helen, Florence, and Harold. During his graduate training, Stetson was an assistant at several schools, as well as an instructor at Northwestern University and Dearborn Observatory in 1913/1914 and in 1916. His observational training took place at Yerkes Observatory.

In 1916, Stetson moved to Harvard University as an instructor in astronomy, being promoted to assistant professor in 1920. During his stay there, he published A...

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Selected References

  1. Anon. (1964). “Harlan True Stetson.” Sky & Telescope 28, no. 6: 340.Google Scholar
  2. Anon. (1968). “Stetson, Harlan True.” In Who Was Who in America. Vol. 4, p. 903. Chicago: Marquis Who’s Who.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard A. Jarrell
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  1. 1.York UniversityTorontoCanada