Harry E. Nelson



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Abstract: “In the Astronomy Tradition at Augustana was written as a response to a suggestion made by Dr. Conrad Bergendoff, president emeritus at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. I had prepared a paper for the Contemporary Club of Davenport, Iowa which dealt with the program of the John Deere Planetarium on the campus and its contribution to the Quad-Cities community. Dr. Bergendoff felt that a more inclusive report was needed, and he convinced me that I should write the complete history of the astronomy department. His many creative suggestions have made the story most interesting and I am indebted to him for all his help. My wife has spent numerous hours proofreading the original manuscript and its many revisions. Nancy Johnson, Director of Alumni Relations at Augustana, entered the manuscript in her computer where material could be added or deleted with minimal effort on my part. I am grateful to Dr. Erick Schonstedt, member of the Augustana College Board of Trustees, for his generous financial contribution to help defray the cost of publication. -- Harry E. Nelson” - Front matter

Table of Contents: Foreword / Astronomy Professors / Search for Meteorites / Carl Gamble and the Popular Astronomy Club / John Deere Planetarium / Visiting Astronomers / United States Space Program / Eclipse Chasers Club / Recent Acquisitions / Bibliography / Other Historical Society Publications.



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Augustana Historical Society


Rock Island, Illinois


Astronomy, Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.)


Astrophysics and Astronomy | History | History of Science, Technology, and Medicine


Digitized in memory of Dr. Harry E. Nelson. Digitization sponsored by Lillian H. Nelson and Ron, Lois, and Alan.

In The Astronomy Tradition at Augustana



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