AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 2 History of Space Science
HAD Special Session, Sunday, 2:00-5:00pm, January 8, 2006, Maryland C

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[2.04] Historical Background Regarding the IAU's CBAT

D. W. E. Green (Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics)

I'll give a brief history of the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams, not only concerning the evolution of the Bureau for the last eight decades but also some relevant history of the reporting of the discoveries of transient astronomical objects in the centuries prior to the establishment of the IAU's Central Bureau.

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