A Guide to the Franklin E. Roach Papers, 1955-1972
Franklin E. Roach (1905-1993) began his career as an astronomer working for the Yerkes Observatory while he was a graduate student at the University of Chicago. He was the first astronomer to be stationed at the University of Texas' McDonald Observatory. Roach worked there using a small camera to observe photographic photometry and polarimetry of reflection nebulae. This innovative program was Roach's start in quantitative photometric measurements of large, low surface-brightness areas, which he was to perfect in his later research on the night-sky light.
After two years at the McDonald Observatory, Roach left in 1936 to become an associate professor at the University of Arizona teaching astronomy and physics. In the course of his career, Roach produced over 100 publications. Such works included articles published in the Journal of Research of the National Bureau of Standards , the Journal of Geophysical Research, The Astrophysical Journal, and the Light of the Night Sky.
Correspondence, research notes, technical reports, observations, photographs, assorted clippings, as well as publications document the work of Franklin E. Roach. The collected works of Roach's contemporaries which document observations and research on such topics as: the photometry of the aurora, the earth's orbit, brightness of moonlight, and airglow photometers, comprise the bulk of the papers.
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Franklin E. Roach Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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