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Paul Herget papers

 Collection
Identifier: UA-97-11

Scope and Content

Papers of Paul Herget, former director of the Cincinnati Observatory including correspondence, press releases, memorabilia, and news clippings related to his work and research at the Cincinnati Observatory.

Dates

  • 1935-1987

Creator

Language of Materials

The records are in English

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Biography of Paul Herget

Paul Herget graduated from Withrow High School in Cincinnati and entered the University of Cincinnati in 1926 as a student in Civil Engineering. After a few weeks, he withdrew and took a job as a surveyor to earn money for school. In 1927, Herget re-enrolled at UC as a mathematics major. He graduated in 1931 with an A.B. degree. Upon graduation, he was offered a position as an assistant at the Cincinnati Observatory, which would allow him to continue graduate studies at UC part-time. He completed his Ph.D. at UC in 1935 with a dissertation on the computations of orbits of newly discovered minor planets. Herget received an Alexander Morrison Fellowship and spent one year at the University of California as a postdoctoral research associate.

During World War II he served in the Nautical Almanac Office of the U.S. Naval Observatory from 1942 until 1946. There he instituted the use of an IBM tabulator and worked on the Air Almanac, the Nautical Almanac, and the "Submarine Book." Herget's knowledge of tabulating equipment and computers led to him becoming a consultant in a variety of related fields: The Manhattan District (atom bomb project), Argonne National Laboratory (U.S. Atomic Energy Commission), Mapping and Charting Laboratory, Project Atlas, Project Vanguard, and Project Mercury.

Herget was appointed director of the Cincinnati Observatory in 1943. In 1947, he began directing the Minor Planet Center of the International Astronomical Union, and received at Cincinnati a complete collection of all observations and computations concerning the minor planets from all over the world.

In 1962, he was elected to the National Academy of Science, and in 1965 was awarded the James Craig Watson gold medal by the Academy in recognition of his research contributions. Also in 1965 he was appointed Distinguished Service Professor of Astronomy at the University of Cincinnati, and was the recipient of the William Howard Taft Medal for Notable Achievement in Life from the UC Alumni Association. He died in 1981

Extent

0.417 Linear Feet

Overview

Papers of Paul Herget, former director of the Cincinnati Observatory including correspondence, press releases, memorabilia, and news clippings related to his work and research at the Cincinnati Observatory.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged into folders by material type.

Physical Location

Archives and Rare Books Library
Title
Finding aid for the Paul Herget papers, 1935-1987
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Finding aid prepared by Archives and Rare Books staff
Date
2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding Aid Written In English

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Rare Books Library Repository

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