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Frank Schlesinger

AKA Frank S. Schlesinger

Born: 11-May-1871
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 10-Jul-1943
Location of death: Lynn, CT
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Astronomer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Stellar parallaxes

Military service: US Army Signal Corps (1918-19)

Astronomer Frank Schlesinger began his career under George Ellery Hale at Yerkes Observatory, and later pioneered wide-angle photographic techniques for plotting stellar parallaxes, demonstrating that these methods are much more precise than visual-based calculations. His photographic parallax measurement techniques are still used by present-day astronomers.

Father: William Joseph Schlesinger (b. 1836, d. 1880)
Mother: Mary Wagner Schlesinger (b. 1832, m. 1857, d. 1892, seven children)
Wife: Eva Hirsch Schlesinger (m. 1900, one son)
Son: Frank Wagner Schlesinger (b. 1901)

    University: BS, City College of New York (1890)
    University: MA Astronomy, Columbia University (1897)
    University: PhD Astronomy, Columbia University (1899)
    Scholar: Astronomer, International Latitude Observatory at Ukiah, CA (1899-1903)
    Scholar: Yerkes Observatory, University of Chicago (1898, 1903-05)
    Administrator: Director of Allegheny Observatory, University of Pittsburgh (1905-20)
    Administrator: Director of Yale University Observatory, Yale University (1920-41)

    Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal 1927
    Bruce Medal 1927
    American Philosophical Society
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    American Association for the Advancement of Science
    American Astronomical Society President (1919-22)
    American Astronomical Society Vice President (1912-19)
    Astronomical Society of the Pacific
    French Academy of Sciences Foreign Member
    International Astronomical Union President (1932-35)
    International Astronomical Union Vice President (1925-32)
    National Academy of Sciences 1916
    Washington Academy of Sciences
    New York City Street Dept. Surveyor (1892-96)
    Title Guarantee & Trust Co. Surveyor (1890-92)
    Lunar Crater Schlesinger
    Asteroid Namesake 1770 Schlesinger
    German Ancestry

Author of books:
Astronomy (1923)
General Catalogue of Paralaxes, Second Edition (1935)
Yale Catalogue of Bright Stars (1940)


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