Sunday, January 11, 2009

Today in Astronomy: January 11

William Tyler Olcott
January 11, 1873 – July 6, 1936

William Tyler Olcott was an American lawyer and amateur astronomer. In 1909, after attending a lecture by Edward Pickering, he developed an interest in observing variable stars. In 1911, he and professor Pickering founded the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO). Olcott also published several books to popularize the field of amateur astronomy. The Moon crater Olcott is named in his honor.


2 comments:

Mike Simonsen said...

Hey, I know a little about this guy and the AAVSO. :^)
Nice blog. Keep up the good work.

Mike Simonsen
AAVSO

Lunar Mark said...

Thanks, Mike! Did you notice the picture of his seems to fade in and out?

- Lunar Mark