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Tucker (Richard Hawley) papers
MS.253  
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Description
This collection contains the personal and professional papers of Richard Hawley Tucker, an astronomer who worked at the Lick Observatory from 1893 to 1926. It includes family letters, professional correspondence, research materials, manuscripts, reprints, memorabilia, and photograph albums showing life on Mount Hamilton around the turn of the century, as well as Tucker's travels in South America.
Background
Richard Hawley Tucker was an astronomer at the Lick Observatory during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tucker was born in 1859 in Maine, and began studying civil engineering and astronomy at Lehigh University in 1875 at age 15. Upon graduation in 1879, he started working as Assistant at the Dudley Observatory in Albany, New York, where he remained for four years before becoming Instructor of Mathematics and Astronomy at Lehigh University. A year later, Tucker began assisting in a survey of the southern skies at the Argentine National Observatory in Cordoba with Dr. B.A. Gould and John H. Thorne. He remained there until 1893, when he was offered a staff astronomer position at the Lick Observatory to oversee the study of precise star positions using the Meridian Circle. In 1908, Tucker left the Lick Observatory to lead a three-year expedition in San Luis, Argentina, where he and his team collected 87,000 observations of the positions of 15,000 stars. He returned to Lick in 1911 and remained an astronomer there until he retired and became Professor Emeritus in 1926. Tucker married Ruth Standen in 1914, and they had two daughters, Mary and Jane. Tucker died in 1952 in Palo Alto, California.
Extent
2.53 Linear Feet 6 boxes
Restrictions
Property rights for this collection reside with the University of California. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. The publication or use of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use for research or educational purposes requires written permission from the copyright owner. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user. For more information on copyright or to order a reproduction, please visit guides.library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/reproduction-publication.
Availability
Collection is open for research.