AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 1 HAD I: Centennial Celebration of the Founding of Mount Wilson Observatory
Special Session, Sunday, January 9, 2005, 2:00-5:00pm, Sunrise

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[1.06] History of Astronomy Then and Now

O. Gingerich (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA)

As one of the three founders of the Historical Astronomy Division, I shall reflect on the progress of the history of astronomy over the past three decades. This includes the success of the Journal for the History of Astronomy and the proliferation of other venues for the history of our discipline, the usefulness of Steve McCluskey's HASTRO e-mail list, and the many reference works now available or forthcoming. The status of archaeoastronomy and the ill-fated General History of Astronomy will be mentioned.

Today history of astronomy is recognized as a serious endeavor on the part of younger scholars, and is longer dismissed as an activity best carried out by retired astronomers long past their prime!

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