Astrophysics and Space Science Library

The Astronomer Jules Janssen

A Globetrotter of Celestial Physics

Authors: Launay, Françoise

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  • Presents the first ever published biography of Jules Janssen, the father of French astrophysics and the founder of Meudon Observatory
  • Provides a story which is enriched by many quotations of unpublished letters, illustrations and other archival manuscripts
  • Illustrates the importance of Jules Janssen's contribution to astrophysics, even today
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A physicist and an inventor, Jules Janssen (1824-1907) devoted his life to astronomical research. He spent many years traveling around the world to observe total Solar eclipses, demonstrating that a new era of science had just come thanks to the use of both spectroscopy and photography, and persuading the French Government of the necessity of founding a new observatory near Paris. He became its director in 1875. There, at Meudon, he began routine photographic recordings of the Sun surface and had a big refractor and a big reflector built. Meanwhile, he also succeeded in building an Observatory at the summit of Mont-Blanc.

The story of this untiring and stubborn globe-trotter is enriched by extracts of the unpublished correspondence with his wife. One can thus understand why Henriette often complained of the solitude in which she was left by her peripatetic husband: “There are men who leave their wives for mistresses; you do it for journeys!” ...

Basking in the glow of his success, Janssen was able to undertake the construction of the great astrophysical observatory of which he had dreamed. It was at Meudon that he had it built.

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Françoise Launay spent her whole career as a research engineer at the Meudon Observatory, where she was the technical head for a large spectrograph, installed in part of the Château’s outbuildings, in the very location where Janssen carried out his laboratory experiments. She has now joined the history team at the Paris Observatory as an associate researcher, and she devotes herself to discovering unpublished material that documents the lives and work of individuals involved in astronomy, no matter whether they used, conceived, or constructed observational instruments.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Astronomer Jules Janssen
Book Subtitle
A Globetrotter of Celestial Physics
Authors
Series Title
Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Series Volume
380
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-0697-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-0697-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-0696-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-9245-1
Series ISSN
0067-0057
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 222
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