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Born
25 February 1851
Florence, Italy
Died
23 July 1926
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Astronomer

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Pietro Paolo G. E. Baracchi was Government Astronomer of Victoria 1900-15. He established a small observatory on Mount Stromlo in 1910 for the Commonwealth government.

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Born Florence, Italy, 25 February 1851. Died Melbourne, 23 July 1926. Educated in civil engineering, Florence (?). Engineer, Italian Army; assistant, Melbourne Observatory 1876-77; draftsman, Victorian Lands & Survey Department 1877-82; passed land surveyor's examination with credit 1880; assistant, Melbourne Observatory 1882-83; third assistant, in charge of the Great Melbourne Telescope 1883-92; first assistant 1892-95; acting government astronomer 1895-1900; government astronomer 1900-15. Order of Knight Commander of the Crown of Italy 1897. President, Royal Society of Victoria 1908-09.

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  • Perdrix, J. L., 'Baracchi, Pietro Paolo Giovanni Ernesto (1851-1926), astronomer', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 7, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1979, pp. 166-167. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A070169b.htm. Details

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McCarthy, G.J.