WE regret to report the death, on June 26, of MR. WILLIAM SHACKLETON, at the age of fifty. Mr. Shackleton received his early training at the Keighley Institute, and after completing a three years' course at the Royal College of Science, became an assistant to the late Sir Norman Lockyer. By his skill and enthusiasm he contributed largely to the success of the early work at South Kensington on the photography of stellar spectra. In 1893, in company with Mr. Albert Taylor, he observed the total eclipse of the sun in Brazil, and was one of the first to obtain photographs with a prismatic camera of adequate power. In 1896, with Dr. E. J. Stone, he took part in the expedition which was conveyed to Novaya Zemlya by Sir George Baden-Powell in his yacht Otaria. Favoured by a brief interruption in a snowstorm, he then achieved a notable success in photographing for the first time the complete “flash” spectrum, with perfect definition, notwithstanding that an accident to the yacht had left but little time for preparation. On this occasion some admirable photographs of the corona were also obtained under his supervision. This expedition was further memorable for a meeting with Nansen at Hammer-fest on his return from the polar regions.

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    [Obituaries]. Nature 107, 561 (1921). https://doi.org/10.1038/107561a0

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