BornRichmond, Ohio, USA, 4 June 1859
DiedEvanston, Illinois, USA, 17 February 1953
Henry Crew was an early member of the staff of Lick Observatory and the first member of the staff to have earned a Ph.D. He attempted to develop methods of astronomical spectroscopy based on ruled gratings, such as his mentor Henry Rowland had been developing, but was not entirely successful, and went on to spend most of the rest of his career outside of astronomy as a professor of physics at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
After finishing an AB degree from Princeton in 1882, Crew received a fellowship to study physics for 1 year in Berlin under Hermann Helmholtz. At the time all Americans interested in experimental physics were expected to spend time in Europe, preferably in Germany. In 1884, Crew returned to the United States and entered the new experimental physics doctoral program that had just been established by one of Helmholtz’s students, Rowland, at Johns Hopkins University.
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