THERE passed away peacefully at Cambridge on February 22, at the age of eighty-six, an astrophysicist of real distinction, who by his personal work in stellar and solar spectroscopic observations and in the design of spectrographs, by his discoveries and by his fine character had a marked influence on astrophysics at Cambridge, both in establishing it as a university study and in attracting younger workers into the field in which he himself had been so notable a pioneer. The first professor of astrophysics at Cambridge, he was a true natural philosopher, who had survived into an era of specialists from a more gracious and spacious age, in which he could study, unhurried, the whole world of Nature and of art.
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