Fonds 1617 - Ruth Josephine Northcott fonds

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UTA 1617


Ruth Josephine Northcott fonds


  • 1953-1968 (Creation)

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0.6 m of textual and graphic records (5 boxes)

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Professor of Astronomy at the University of Toronto.

Ruth J. Northcott, long-time professional associate and close personal friend of Dr. Hogg, obtained her B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1934 and her M.A. from the same institution the following year (1935). She became a lecturer in astronomy at the University of Toronto in 1944, an assistant professor in 1954 and an associate professor in 1962, a position she held until her death in 1969. She was a member of the David Dunlap Observatory since its founding in 1935. She was also a member of the International Astronomical Union and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. In 1957 she became editor of that society's journal and of the observatory handbook. She was elected the third woman president of the society in 1963, and served in that post until 1965.

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Records accumulated by Ruth Northcott, largely in her capacity as a member of the executive committee of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and as editor of its Journal. Included are minutes of meetings, correspondence, notes, research data, drafts of articles and addresses, announcements, press clippings, and photographs.

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