1900s

Clarence Chant

(1865-1956) Professor of Astronomy at University of Toronto, President of the Society (1904-07), editor of the Journal and Handbook for 50 years, and an important figure in the creation of the David Dunlap Observatory.

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John Stanley Plaskett

(1865-1941) J.S. Plaskett played a pivotal role in the establishment of astrophysical research in Canada and helped to confirm the rotation rate of the Milky Way. He was an active member of the Ottawa Centre between 1907 and 1918, acted as an Associate Editor of the Journal for 28 years, and Society President (1914-15).

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Robert Stupart

(1857-1940) F.R.S.C., F.R.A.S.C. Director of the Toronto Observatory and Superintendent of the Dominion Meteorological Service (1894-1929), and President of the Society (1902-03). He was knighted in 1916.

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James Wadsworth

(1842-1905) B.A., M.A., M.B. A school inspector by trade. He built the 12½" reflector (the largest in Canada at the time) that he used to observe the heavens from his observatory on Talbot Street in Simcoe, Ontario.

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George Lumsden

(1847-1903) Corresponding Secretary (1890-99) and President of the Society (1900-01).

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Arthur Harvey

(1834-1905) F.R.S.C., F.R.A.S.C. President of the society (1898-99); Honorary President and Director, La Institutio Solar Internacional (Monte Video, Uruguay).

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Larratt Smith

(1820-1905) D.C.L., Q.C. Served as Vice President of the Society (1892-94), and President (1895).

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John Paterson

(1846-1930) K.C., M.A., F.R.A.S.C. A math teacher at Upper Canada College, later a lawyer, and President of the Society (1896-97).

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Andrew Elvins

(1823-1918) One of the founding members of the society in 1868.

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Elvins AutoBiography

Autobiography of Andrew Elvins.  There are three sections in this document:

  1. Autobio dictated by Mr. Elvins to L.H. Graham in 1904.
  2. Autobio dictated by Mr. Elvins to C.A. Chant in 1913 (transcription of #3).
  3. Original Shorthand version of #2.

The text of these autobiographies appear on the two pages following this one.

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