By Thomas R. Williams
Based in 1911, the AAVSO boasts over 1200 participants and observers and is the world's greatest non-profit association devoted to variable celebrity remark. This well timed booklet marks the AAVSO's centennial 12 months, providing an authoritative and exact heritage of this significant organization. Writing in an interesting and obtainable type, the authors circulate chronologically via 5 eras of the AAVSO, discussing the evolution of its constitution and goal. in the course of the textual content, the focus is at the hundreds of thousands of people whose contributions have made the AAVSO's growth attainable. Describing a century of interplay among novice astronomers, the authors have a good time the collaborative relationships that experience existed through the years. because the definitive background of the 1st hundred years of the AAVSO, this article has vast allure and should be of curiosity to novice astronomers, in addition to historians and sociologists of technology as a rule.
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73 SPA VARIABLE STAR SECTION William Tyler Olcott of Norwich, Connecticut, served as the first leader of the SPA Variable Star Section upon Leonard’s invitation. By January 1912, Olcott was writing notes on variable star observing in the Monthly Register of the SPA. The SPA-VSS had about 15 members in 1912. 74 In late 1914, Leonard, an active variable star observer who contributed more than 1400 observations to Olcott’s own fledgling AAVSO between 1913 and 1917, announced he would lead the SPA variable star observing effort.
Tyler Roath, did not tour but perhaps briefed William Olcott on a proposed stop in Hartford, Connecticut. As a Norwich native, Tyler Roath might have invited William Olcott to visit his family in Connecticut, including Tyler Roath’s father, Walstein Roath, a well-established watchmaker and jeweler in the region, and Tyler’s uncle, Captain Edmund D. Roath, a respected merchant ship captain and successful investor. But since the Hartford performance was cancelled, it seems unlikely that William Olcott made it to Norwich.
Advancing Variable Star Astronomy: The Centennial History of the American Association of Variable Star Observers by Thomas R. Williams