Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
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Searle, Arthur

  • Jordan D. MarchéII
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BornLondon, England, 21 October 1837

DiedCambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 23 October 1920

Harvard astronomer Arthur Searle conducted in-depth investigations into the nature of the zodiacal light and gegenschein, made pioneering photometric observations on a host of celestial objects, and completed meridian-circle observations for a zone catalogue prepared by the Astronomische Gesellschaft.

Searle was the first of two sons born to Thomas and Anne (Noble) Searle, his father being an American citizen then residing in London and his mother an Englishwoman. His younger brother, George M. Searle (1839–1918), likewise became an astronomer and was the discoverer of the asteroid 55 Pandora. Their father, a partner in a firm of London bankers, was a descendant of Thomas Dudley, the second governor of Massachusetts. In the wake of a financial “panic,” Thomas Searle returned with his family to the United States in 1840. But tragedy soon struck, as both the boys’ mother and father passed away in...

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Selected References

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jordan D. MarchéII
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  1. 1.University of WisconsinMadisonUSA