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William Cranch Bond

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Portland, Cumberland County, ME, United States
Death: January 29, 1859 (69)
Cambridge, Middlesex County, MA, United States
Place of Burial: Mount Auburn Cemetery Cambridge Middlesex County Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of William Bond and Hannah Bond
Husband of Selina Bond and Mary Roope Bond
Father of William Cranch Bond; Joseph Cranch Bond; George Phillips Bond; Richard Fitfield Bond and Elizabeth Lidstone Bond
Brother of Thomazine Elizabeth Fielder Bond; William Cranch Bond; Thomas Bond; Thomazine Bond; Hannah Cranch Bond and 1 other

Occupation: Astronomy & Observatory director
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About William C. Bond, Astronomer

William Cranch Bond (9 September 1789 – 29 January 1859) was an American astronomer, and the first director of Harvard College Observatory.

Discoveries

   Independently discovered the Great Comet of 1811
   Bond and his son George Phillips Bond discovered Saturn's moon Hyperion; it was independently co-discovered at the same time by William Lassell in Britain, and both are given credit.
   Father and son were the first to observe the then innermost ring of Saturn, termed the Crepe ring, when they pointed Harvard’s telescope towards Saturn in 1850.
   Working with John Adams Whipple, the Bonds pioneered astrophotography, taking the first daguerreotype image of a star (Vega, in 1850) ever taken from America. In all, the three took between 200 and 300 photos of celestial objects.

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William C. Bond, Astronomer's Timeline

1789
September 9, 1789
Portland, Cumberland County, ME, United States
1821
1821
1823
January 23, 1823
Boston, MA, United States
1825
1825
1827
August 27, 1827
Dorcheter, MA
1829
1829
1859
January 29, 1859
Age 69
Cambridge, Middlesex County, MA, United States
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Mount Auburn Cemetery Cambridge Middlesex County Massachusetts