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John Alford Brashear
Birth: Nov. 24, 1840
Death: Apr. 8, 1920

Inventor. Born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, he was a master machinist and astronomer whom built his first telescope in 1870. He established the John Brashear Company, a workshop for astronomical instruments, internationally known as a maker of superb precision optics lenses. He built many instruments which included spectroscopes for the observatories at Allegheny, Lick, Yerkes and Princeton, G. E. Hale's first spectroheliograph and two photographic optics for Max Wolf in Heidelberg. The largest mirror made by the John A. Brashear Company was the 72-inch mirror for the Dominion Observatory in Canada. He served as acting director of Pittsburgh's Allegheny Observatory, chancellor of the University of Pennsylvania, trustee of Carnegie Institute and Brashear telescopes are still in use worldwide. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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  Phoebe A Stewart Brashear (1843 - 1910)*
 
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Allegheny Observatory
Pittsburgh
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
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Record added: Apr 28, 1999
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John Alford Brashear
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- cy
 Added: Jan. 5, 2014
May you and your wife rest in Peace this Holiday Season, John. May you be one with the stars you so loved. See you both in Heaven.
- Mary
 Added: Dec. 1, 2011

- Tracey Reid
 Added: Nov. 24, 2010
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