The Photo Request has been fulfilled.

 
 Uriah Atherton Boyden

Uriah Atherton Boyden

Birth
Foxboro, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 17 Oct 1879 (aged 75)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Foxboro, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 20685031 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Scientist. Uriah Atherton Boyden was a Boston inventor and mechanical engineer, and the brother of Seth Boyden. He designed a water turbine that became known as the Boyden turbine. His will left about a quarter of a million dollars to a suitable astronomical institution that would build an observatory on a mountain for the better atmospheric seeing conditions than those available at lower altitudes. His heirs challenged the will, but it was found valid. In 1887, Edward Charles Pickering convinced the trustees of Boyden's will to award the Boyden Fund to Harvard College Observatory, of which he was director. Although he initially planned to establish an observatory at Mount Wilson, those plans were abandoned (although the Mount Wilson Observatory was later built by a different group). Instead, needing an observation station for southern hemisphere skies, Harvard College Observatory established the "Boyden Station" at Arequipa, Peru in 1889. In 1927, Boyden Station was moved to South Africa due to better weather conditions and became known as the Boyden Observatory. The Boyden Public Library in Foxboro, Massachusetts is also named after him. The National Museum of American History in Washington, DC is home to the Uriah A. Boyden Papers.

Bio by: Deborah A Smith


Inscription

An eminent Engineer and Inventor, an original thinker, and exact observer, an untiring investigator, in various branches of science thorough in all his work honest in all his ways


Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

How famous was Uriah Atherton Boyden?

Current rating:

19 votes

Sign-in to cast your vote.

  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Deborah A Smith
  • Added: 29 Jul 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20685031
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Uriah Atherton Boyden (17 Feb 1804–17 Oct 1879), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20685031, citing Rock Hill Cemetery, Foxboro, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .