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 John Alfred Brashear

John Alfred Brashear

Birth
Brownsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 8 Apr 1920 (aged 79)
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 5202 · View Source
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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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  • Added: 28 Apr 1999
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Alfred Brashear (24 Nov 1840–8 Apr 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5202, citing Allegheny Observatory, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .