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Biographical entry Wood, Harley Weston (1911 - 1984)

31 July 1911
Gulgong, New South Wales, Australia
26 June 1984
Kenthurst, New South Wales, Australia
Astronomer, Author and Educator


Harley Weston Wood was an astronomer who made significant contributions to the field of astrometry in and after his time as Commonwealth Government Astronomer between 1943 and 1974.

Weston published three books in the field of astrometry, The Southern Sky (1965), Unveiling the Universe (1965) and Planets, Suns and Galaxies.



1929 - 1933
Education - Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours in Mathematics and Physics), University of Sydney
Education - Master of Science in Mathematics (Dynamical Astronomy and Relativity), University of Sydney
Career event - Appointed Assistant Astronomer, Sydney Observatory
Career position - Elected Member of the Royal Society of New South Wales
Career position - Elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
1941 - 1943
Career position - Appointed Acting Government Astronomer
1943 - 1974
Career position - Appointed Government Astronomer
1949 - 1950
Career event - President of the Royal Society of New South Wales
1959 - 1971
Career position - Lectured on spherical astronomy in the Dept. Of Applied Mathematics, University of Sydney
Award - Awarded Doctor of Science for Contributions to Astrometry, University of Sydney
1966 - 1968
Career event - Foundation President of the Astronomical Society of Australia
Career event - Elected Life Member of the Astronomical Society of Australia

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