Jones, Harold Spencer

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Jones, Harold Spencer


Born Mar. 29, 1890, in London; died there Nov. 3, 1960. British astronomer.

Jones was her majesty’s astronomer at the astronomical observatory at the Cape of Good Hope from 1923 to 1933 and astronomer royal at the Royal Observatory of Greenwich from 1933. He was president of the Royal Astronomical Society from 1937 to 1939 and of the International Astronomical Union from 1945 to 1948. Jones investigated the motions of the moon and Mars and the irregularity of the rotation of the earth. He refined the values of the solar parallax as well as of the constants of aberration of light and nutation.


“The Solar Parallax and Mass of the Moon From Observations of Eros at the Opposition of 1931.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1941, vol. 101, no. 8.
In Russian translation:
Zhizhn’ na drugikh mirakh. Moscow-Leningrad, 1946.
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