Harry Edwin Wood, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Harry Edwin Wood

English astronomer

Date of Birth: 03-Feb-1881

Place of Birth: Manchester, England, United Kingdom

Date of Death: 27-Feb-1946

Profession: astronomer, non-fiction writer

Nationality: South Africa

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Harry Edwin Wood

  • Harry Edwin Wood (3 February 1881 – 27 February 1946) was an English astronomer, director of the Union Observatory in Johannesburg, and discoverer of minor planets.Wood was born in Manchester, graduating from Manchester University in 1902 with first class honours in physics, going on to gain an M.Sc in 1905.
  • In 1906 he was appointed the Chief Assistant at the Transvaal Meteorological Observatory, which soon acquired telescopes and which became known as the Union Observatory and later Republic Observatory.
  • In 1909, he married Mary Ethel Greengrass, also a physics graduate of Manchester University.
  • Wood served as the observatory's director from 1928 to 1941, succeeding Robert Innes.
  • He also served as the president of the Astronomical Society of South Africa from 1929 to 1930.Wood is credited by the Minor Planet Center with the discovery of 12 numbered asteroids during 1911–1932.He died in Mortimer, near Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa, in 1946.
  • The asteroid 1660 Wood, discovered by his colleague Jacobus Bruwer at Johannesburg, is named in his honor (M.P.C.
  • 3297).

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