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Modern Treasure-Hunting in Astronomy's Historic Records

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Dr R. Elizabeth Griffin

Oct 8, 2003,  7:30pm
University of Victoria, Elliott Building, Room 061

The development of stellar physics ("astrophysics"), photometry and astrometry over the past 120 years was outlined, as well as how and why astronomers keep their (photographic) records.  Further uses to which the same material could be (and in some cases has been) put was also described. Details of my own research, which straddles both the photographic and the digital eras were given, and some of the triumphs of archive mining were illustrated - but some of the attendant trials and tribulations were not altogether glossed over.


- Spectra Heritage project website
bullet www.SpectraHeritage.org
bullet Astronomers Save Historic Plates - American Institute of Physics - Physics Today - June/03

Dr. Griffin did her undergraduate studies at University of London with a degree in Astronomy (1963) and completed her Ph.D at Cambridge University (1966) on "The Atmosphere of Arcturus". She has done independent research in stellar spectroscopy at Cambridge until 1995, but carrying out all observing work overseas�mostly at Mount Wilson, then at Calar Alto (Spain), and latterly at the DAO. Dr. Griffin moved to Oxford in 1995 and relocated to Victoria last Fall. Dr. Griffin authored nearly 100 papers on projects involving stellar spectroscopy, and some on data archiving (and even a few on Women in Science topics). Dr. Griffin is currently Chair of two IAU Working Groups involving (a) spectroscopic archives and (b) rescuing information from photographic plates.

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