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Hale, George Ellery, 1868-1938



  • Existence: 1868 - 1938

Born in Chicago in 1868, George Ellery Hale received his B.S. from MIT in 1890. Active in the development of astrophysics, he quickly established a distinguished scientific reputation for his invention of the spectroheliograph. He made important contributions to the study of solar phenomena, organized and coedited the Astrophysical Journal, and was the leading figure in the design, funding and construction of the Kenwood, Yerkes, Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatories. Hale was also exceedingly energetic in the organization and promotion of the enterprise of science, both at home and abroad. In the United States he played a highly influential role in the National Academy of Sciences. He revivified the Academy almost single-handedly by organizing the National Research Council, obtaining substantial endowment for the NAS, and establishing the critically important National Research Council Fellowships. A founder of the International Union of Cooperation in Solar Research, Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Sciences, and a frequent delegate to the International Association of Academies, he became deeply involved in the international relations of science before the First World War. Instrumental in the establishment of the International Research Council after the war, he was president of its successor, the International Council of Scientific Unions from 1931 to 1934. Hale settled in Pasadena, California in 1904 to assume the duties of Director of the newly established Mount Wilson Observatory and became deeply involved in the educational and cultural affairs of the area. Among his most important efforts were the creation and development of the California Institute of Technology and the Huntington Library.

Found in 45 Collections and/or Records:

Andre Marie Ampere Medal

Identifier: 1992-00074

George Ellery Hale Collection of Journals

Identifier: 2017-00002
Dates: Majority of material found within 1890-1935

George Gabriel Stokes medal

Identifier: 1992-00072

Greek Ribbon, Medal, and Stud

Identifier: 1992-00065

Group Photo 1910

Identifier: 1987-00171

George Ellery Hale Papers

Identifier: HaleGE
Abstract Digitized: this collection is available on the web. George Ellery Hale (1868–1938) was an influential astrophysicist and science administrator. This collection of Hale’s scientific, professional, and personal papers documents his roles in inventing the spectrohelioscope; promoting international cooperation among scientists; and founding major observatories, as well as the California Institute of Technology, Huntington Library, Astrophysical...
Dates: 1863 - 1950; Majority of material found within 1882 - 1938

Hale in his Automobile

Identifier: 1987-00172

Institut de France Medal

Identifier: 1992-00062

Memorial Bust Dedication

Identifier: 1987-00169

Palomar Observatory Motion Pictures Collection

Identifier: 10001-Media
Abstract A collection of films showing the construction and operation of the 200-inch Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory, Palomar Mountain, California. This instrument was the world's largest effective telescope for 45 years (1948-1993). The collection includes footage of the transportation, grinding and polishing of the 200-inch mirror on the campus of the California Institute of Technology. A small portion of this material has been transferred to video tape and digitized from tape to DVD.
Dates: 1935-1996, bulk 1935-1948