Observing the Heavens from Omaha A History of the Creighton Observatory, 1886-1940

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/608018
Title:
Observing the Heavens from Omaha A History of the Creighton Observatory, 1886-1940
Authors:
Applehans, Denver L.
Abstract:
This thesis examines the dual purposes of the Creighton University Observatory as stated by its most prominent director, Father William Rigge. The observatory served as both an educational and research platform throughout its active use. Furthermore, this thesis explores how this small observatory with a lone astronomer interacted with the larger astronomical and public communities to which it belonged. This interaction brought prestige and positive popular attention to the university and its director, on the local, state, national, and international levels. In addition, the work done at the observatory and by its director garnered national and international attention from the astronomical community. This thesis argues that the benefits to the university stemming from the significant outlay of cash, manpower and space to build, equip and man the observatory went well beyond the intended purpose and benefited the university by drawing positive attention to Creighton as a center of scientific studies in the West.
Affiliation:
University of Nebraska
Issue Date:
2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/608018
Submitted date:
2015-09-24
Document Source:
Dissertation/Thesis
Language:
English Paper
Type Of Resource:
Historical
Research Setting:
Observatory
Nation:
USA
Appears in Collections:
Astronomy Education Research

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dc.contributor.authorApplehans, Denver L.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-04T09:00:12Zen
dc.date.available2016-05-04T09:00:12Zen
dc.date.issued2007en
dc.date.submitted2015-09-24en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11290/608018en
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines the dual purposes of the Creighton University Observatory as stated by its most prominent director, Father William Rigge. The observatory served as both an educational and research platform throughout its active use. Furthermore, this thesis explores how this small observatory with a lone astronomer interacted with the larger astronomical and public communities to which it belonged. This interaction brought prestige and positive popular attention to the university and its director, on the local, state, national, and international levels. In addition, the work done at the observatory and by its director garnered national and international attention from the astronomical community. This thesis argues that the benefits to the university stemming from the significant outlay of cash, manpower and space to build, equip and man the observatory went well beyond the intended purpose and benefited the university by drawing positive attention to Creighton as a center of scientific studies in the West.en
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dc.titleObserving the Heavens from Omaha A History of the Creighton Observatory, 1886-1940en
dc.typeDissertation/Thesisen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Nebraskaen
dc.type.resourceHistoricalen
dc.istar.nationUSAen
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