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    REFERRING to the death of Prof. E. S. King, on Sept. 10, which was announced in NATURE of Nov. 21, Dr. Harlow Shapley, director of the Harvard College Observatory, writes: “Prof. King was astronomer for more than forty years at the Harvard College Observatory. For many years he had been in charge of the photographic work, and had been important therefore in building up the great collection of astrophotographic plates. His own researches were largely in various fields of photometry, and his standards of stellar colour index have been internationally used for many years. In his researches on the colours of the brighter stars he directed attention to the probability that the solar system lies within a thin, nebulous envelope, perhaps only a few hundred light years in diameter, and thus he was the pioneer among the investigators who find the absorption of light in space localised in the local system.”

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    [Obituary]. Nature 129, 159 (1932) doi:10.1038/129159b0

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