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    Re: Chauvenet
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2004 Sep 17, 09:14 -0500

    Here is the continuation of Chauvenet biography that
    I cited yesterday:
    
    "His success at this school [shore Naval School in Philadelphia]
    eventually led to establishment of the present Naval Academy
    at Annapolis, Maryland. Often referred to as the
    "fathet of the Naval Academy", William Chauvenet was the first
    Head of the Department of Mathematics at Annapolis.
    During the next 14 years he worked unceasingly to make the
    Academy the greatest institution of its kind in the world.
    Increasing awareness of his stature as a mathematician and a
    scientist
    notably enhanced the reputation of the Academy.
    Always the most prominent member of the faculty
    he was the guiding spirit of this institution.
    In 1959 Professor Chauvenet was elected to the chair of
    mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis and in 1862
    was chosen Chancellor of the University..."
    
    I think the best place to inquire about these books would
    be the library of this Naval Academy in Annapolis.
    The libraries of large US  universities usually have web catalogs
    but I don't know about the Naval Academy...
    Another natural place to search is the library of Washington
    University. They surely keep the books written by their
    former Chancellor:-)
    
    Alex.
    
    On Fri, 17 Sep 2004, George Huxtable wrote:
    
    > I speculate that possibly, these Navy Scientific Papers
    > were not available
    > to the public as a publication, but printed for issue
    > to US Navy officers,
    > perhaps those graduating through college.
    > Alex Eremenko usefully tells us
    > that Chauvenet had previously been head of
    > the shore Naval School in
    > Philadelphia, so he knew what was needed..
    >
    > It would be interesting to learn more about
    > those Navy Scientific Papers.
    > If we can judge them by No 1, they were of very high quality.
    
    
    

       
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