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Honorary Member: Joseph Morrison

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At the meeting of 1890-10-07, among the communications read was one from Joseph Morrison, M.A., M.D., Ph.D., F.R.A.S., Assistant at the American Nautical Almanac Office, Washington, U.S.A., desiring the Society to accept a copy of the American Ephemeris and Nautical Almanac for 1890, 1891, and 1892, and of The Almanac for 1893; also of the Report of the Observations of the Total Eclipse of the Sun, 1889. The thanks of the Society were voted to Dr. Morrison, who, it was announced, was a native of Toronto.

Joseph Morrison, M.A., M.D., Ph.D., F.R.A.S., etc, of Washington, U.S.A., Assistant at the Americal Nautical Almanac Office, was elected an honourary member of the Astronomical and Physical Society of Toronto on 1891-01-27.

Morrison contributed the following papers to the Society:

  • The Disappearance of Saturn's Rings (1890-12-30)
  • Solar Heat (1891-12-15)
  • Solar Parallax (1894-05-29)
  • Special Perturbations (1894-12-27)

These four papers were noted in the 50th anniversary of the RASC publication by Dr. Chant (due to their mathematical content) in 1940. Dr. Chant noted that Morrison was a graduate of Toronto University, had been a high school teacher in Ontario, and was the author of an excellent text-book on "Plane Trigonometry" which Chant had used as a student in 1883.

Surname: 
Morrison
Title/Given Name: 
Dr. Joseph
Nation(s): 
Canada/USA
Start: 
1891
End: 
1898
Reference 1: 
http://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1940JRASC..34..273C