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

Campbell, Leon

  • Thomas R. WilliamsEmail author
Reference work entry

BornCambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 20 January 1881

DiedCambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 10 May 1951

Hired at the age of 18 by Harvard College Observatory director  Edward Pickering as a dome assistant, Leon Campbell enjoyed a lifetime of astronomy in and around his home city. In 1911 Pickering sent Campbell to Arequipa, Peru, to direct the Harvard Station there. After his return to Cambridge in 1915, Campbell coordinated the work of Harvard’s volunteer variable star observers and also became intimately involved with the fledgling American Association of Variable Star Observers [AAVSO]. In 1930  Harlow Shapley appointed Campbell to the Edward Charles Pickering Memorial Professorship, which included full-time coordination of the work of the AAVSO.

Selected References

  1. Harwood, Margaret (1949). “Fifty years at HCO.” Sky & Telescope 8: 191.ADSGoogle Scholar
  2. Mayall, Margaret Walton (1951). “Leon Campbell 1881–1951.” Popular Astronomy 59: 356.ADSGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rice UniversityHoustonUSA