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    Re: Chauvenet
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2004 Sep 17, 10:48 -0400

    I looked at listings at the U.S. Naval Academy library under Chauvenet
    as author, and the paper uncovered by George Huxtable popped up,
    namely, "Astronomy: comprising suggestions to U.S. naval officers,
    bearing upon points connected with nautical astronomy, astronomical
    geography, and general astronomy".
    This publication also was "authored" by the "United States Navy Dept.
    Bureau of Navigation".  Using that phrase as a search under authors in
    the library catalogue hit 170 publications, many of obvious interest to
    this group.  I expect all the "navy scientific papers", of which the
    "comprising suggestions" paper was number 1, would be in that list of
    170 publications, at least those of interest to the group.
    I didn't get any worthwhile hits when searching for periodicals named
    "navy scientific papers".
    There were several other publications of interest in the listing from
    the search with Chauvenet as author.
    The libray catalogue's search page is at
    Coincidentally, my copy of Chauvenet's "Manual of Spherical and
    Practical Astronomy," is a Dover reprint retired from the Purdue
    University libraries, where Alex Eremenko teaches.
    On Sep 17, 2004, at 10:14 AM, Alexandre Eremenko wrote:
    > 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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