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 Denison Olmsted

Denison Olmsted

Birth
East Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death 13 May 1859 (aged 67)
North Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Burial New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 11862 · View Source
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Astronomer. Born in East Hartford, Connecticut, he was a professor who was credited with giving birth to meteor science after the Leonid meteor shower over North America, in 1833. He graduated from Yale University in 1813, was college tutor (1815-17) and was appointed the Chairman of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina in 1818. In 1825, he became professor of physics at Yale and a professor of meteorology in 1830. He and his associate Elias Loomis, were also the first American investigators to observe Halley's Comet in 1835. He died at age 67 in New Haven, Connecticut.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 23 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11862
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Denison Olmsted (18 Jun 1791–13 May 1859), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11862, citing Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .