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Ernest W. Brown

AKA Ernest William Brown

Born: 29-Nov-1866
Birthplace: Hull, Yorkshire, England
Died: 22-Jul-1938
Location of death: New Haven, CT
Cause of death: Cancer - other

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Astronomer, Mathematician

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Tables of the Motion of the Moon

During his lifetime Ernest W. Brown was often described as one of the world's foremost experts on the moon. He spent decades compiling accurate tables of the moon's behavior, factoring in a century and a half of observatory logs from Greenwich and the gravitational pull of some 1,500 stellar bits which could have any discernible effect on the moon's motion, and found that most of what had been thought small discrepancies in the motion of the moon were actually due to variations in the Earth's rotation rate. His findings were not practically superceded by more accurate computerized analysis until decades after his death. Crater Brown on the lunar surface is named in his memory.

Father: William Brown (lumber merchant, b. 1837, d. 1893)
Mother: Emma Martin Brown (b. 1839, m. 1863, d. 1870 scarlet fever)
Sister: Ella Brown
Sister: Mildred Brown

    High School: East Riding College, Hull, England (1883)
    University: BA Mathematics, Cambridge University (1887)
    University: MA Mathematics, Cambridge University (1891)
    Teacher: Mathematics, Haverford College (1891-1907)
    Professor: Mathematics, Haverford College (1893-1907)
    Professor: Mathematics, Yale University (1907-34)

    James Craig Watson Medal 1936
    Bruce Medal 1920
    Royal Medal 1914
    Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal 1907
    American Astronomical Society President (1928-31)
    American Mathematical Society President (1915-16)
    American Philosophical Society
    National Academy of Sciences
    National Research Council (1923-26)
    Royal Astronomical Society
    Royal Society 1897
    Naturalized US Citizen
    English Ancestry
    Asteroid Namesake 1643 Brown
    Lunar Crater Brown
    Risk Factors: Smoking

Author of books:
An Introductory Treatise on the Lunar Theory (1896)
Tables of the Motion of the Moon (1919)
The Age of the Earth from Astronomical Data (1931)


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