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Conference: First Light:The Astronomy Century in California, 1917-2017
Rothenberg Hall, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
San Marino, CA
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Conference: First Light:The Astronomy Century in California, 1917-2017
Friday, Nov. 17, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

This conference, jointly presented by The Huntington and Carnegie Observatories, marks the centennial of the completion of the 100-inch Hooker telescope on Mount Wilson, which saw first light in November 1917. The world's largest telescope of the era, the 100-inch heralded the dawn of modern astronomy. Historians, scientists, curators of science collections, and others will explore the influence of big telescopes, the significance of discoveries at Mount Wilson, the gendered nature of astronomy, and other related issues in the history of Southern California as an arena for the exploration of space.  

Registration for this 2-day conference is $25, with an optional buffet lunch each day for $20.

Conference registration is $10 for current Huntington docents, and free for current Long-Term Fellows and students with a current Student I.D. Please bring your current I.D. to event day check-in. Students, please note school affiliation after your name when registering.

Conference Schedule


8:15 a.m. - Registration & Coffee

9:00 a.m. - Welcome: Steve Hindle (The Huntington)
Remarks: Daniel Lewis (The Huntington)

9:15 a.m. - Session 1: Telescopes Past and Future
Moderator: John Mulchaey (Carnegie Observatories)

Alan Dressler (Carnegie Observatories)
Eyes on the Universe: Inventing the Telescope

Patrick McCray (University of California, Santa Barbara)
When Astronomical Ambitions Met California Skies

10:45 a.m. - Break

11:00 a.m. - Session 2: Collaborations: Building Science across Boundaries
Moderator: Daniel Lewis

Barbara Becker (University of California, Irvine)
William Huggins and George Ellery Hale: Stalking the Secrets of the Sun

John Mulchaey
Astronomy in a Connected World

12:30 p.m. - Lunch

1:30 p.m. - Session 3: Staring Into the Suns
Moderator: John Mulchaey

Jay Pasachoff (Williams College)
Studying Sunshine from Pasadena and Mount Wilson

Jennifer van Saders (University of Hawaii)
Sounds and Spots: Kepler's Eye on the Stars

3:00 p.m. - Break

3:15 p.m. - Session 4: Taking the Measurement of the Stars
Moderator: Daniel Lewis

David DeVorkin (National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian)
Hale's Mount Wilson as a Physicist's Testbench

Harold McAlister (Georgia State University)
Optical Interferometry: Ensuring Mount Wilson's Second Century of Science


9:00 a.m. - Registration & Coffee

9:30 a.m. - Session 5: It's Elemental
Moderator: John Mulchaey

Ronald Brashear (Chemical Heritage Foundation)
The Observatory as Laboratory: Spectral Analysis at Mount Wilson Observatory

Andrew McWilliam (Carnegie Observatories)
Origin of the Elements and Galactic Archaeology

11:00 a.m. - Beautiful Science exhibit tour by Daniel Lewis

12 p.m. - Lunch

1:00 p.m. - Session 6: VAR!: Hale, Shapley, Hubble and Beyond
Moderator: Daniel Lewis

Marcia Bartusiak (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
How the 100-Inch and a Variable Star Revealed Our Modern Universe

Guillermo Blanc (Las Campanas Observatory, Carnegie Observatories)
From VAR! to the Edge of the Universe

2:30 p.m. - Break

2:45 p.m. - Session 7: Faster Than Ever: The Accelerating Universe
Moderator: John Mulchaey

Bryan Penprase (Soka University of America)
Horizons: Conceptions of Cosmology from a Multi-Cultural Perspective

Wendy Freedman (University of Chicago)
Hubble's Expanding Legacy: Our Unexpected Universe

4:15 p.m. - Concluding Remarks
Daniel Lewis and John Mulchaey


Rothenberg Hall, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (View)
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108
United States



Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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