THOMAS R. WILLIAMS

1750 Albans Road

Houston, Texas 77005-1704

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS, POSTER and ORAL PRESENTATIONS

 

Books, Book Chapters and Articles

 

"American Association of Variable Star Observers", SKY AND TELESCOPE, 56, 4(1978 April); 309.

"The Large Reflector of a Texas Society", with Art Ciampi, SKY AND TELESCOPE, 61, 3(1981 March); 256.

"AAVSO Celebrates Seven Decades", SKY AND TELESCOPE, 63, 1(1982 January); 74.

"Astronomers as Amateurs", JOURNAL OF THE AAVSO, 12, 1(1983); 1-4.

"Amateur Astronomers and Their Contributions to Astronomy", HAS NEWSLETTER, 1, 1(1983 February); 8.

"Two Early American Amateur Astronomers: David Rittenhouse and Nathaniel Bowditch", HAS NEWSLETTER, 1, 2(1983 March); 6-8.

"Two Early English Amateur Astronomers: Jeremiah Horrocks and William R. Dawes", HAS NEWSLETTER, 1, 3(1983 April); 6-7.

"A 20th Century Amateur Astronomer: Leslie Peltier", HAS NEWSLETTER, 1, 4(1983 May); 6.

"A Pioneer Astrophotographer: Henry Draper", GUIDESTAR, 1, 6(1983 July); 6-7.

"An Amateur Planetary Astronomer: Arthur Stanley Williams", GUIDESTAR, 1, 7(1983 August); 10-11.

"An Amateur Astronomer's Photographic Star Atlas: John Franklin-Adams", GUIDESTAR, 1, 8(1983); 12-13.

"An Australian Comet Hunter: John Tebbutt", GUIDESTAR, 1, 11(1983 December); 10.

"Roberts of Lovedale-Distinguished South African Amateur Astronomer: Alexander Roberts", GUIDESTAR, 2, 2(1984 February); 14.

"Amateur Astronomers Led The Way To Spectroscopy: William Huggins and Lewis M. Rutherfurd", GUIDESTAR, 2, 4(1984 April); 8-9.

"Contributions of Amateur Astronomers to Astronomy", GUIDESTAR 2, 5(1984 May); 16-17.

"Contributions of Amateur Astronomers to Astronomy", OBSERVERS DIGEST, 1, 2(1984 August); 3-5.

"An English Amateur Astronomer of Extraordinary Commitment: John Frederick William Herschel" OBSERVERS DIGEST, 1, 3(1984 September); 11-12.

"The Patrons of Amateur Telescope Making: Russell W. Porter and Albert G. Ingalls", OBSERVERS DIGEST, 1, 4(1984 October); 15-18.

“An Early American Amateur Astronomer: Nathaniel Bowditch", JOURNAL OF THE AAVSO, 13, 2(1984); 64-66.

"Amateur Contributions To Eclipsing Binary Astronomy", JOURNAL OF THE AAVSO, 15, 1(1986); 44-47.

"Three AAVSO Leaders: De Kock, Fernald and Peltier", JOURNAL OF THE AAVSO, 15, 2(1986); 135-138.

"Criteria For Classifying an Astronomer as an Amateur", in Dunlop, S. and M. Gerbaldi (Eds), Stargazers - The Contributions of Amateurs to Astronomy, Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 1988; 24-25.

"Roberts of Lovedale and the Eclipsing Binary Stars", in Dunlop, S. and M. Gerbaldi (Eds), Stargazers - The Contributions of Amateurs to Astronomy, Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 1988; 48-49.

"A Galaxy of Amateur Astronomers", SKY AND TELESCOPE, 76, 5(1988 November); 484-486.

"Some Little Known Variable Star Astronomers From Around The World", in Percy, John, Janet Akyuz Mattei and Christiaan Sterken, (Eds.), Variable Star Research: An International Perspective, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992; 21-35.

"Albert Ingalls and the ATM Movement", SKY AND TELESCOPE, 81, 2(1991 February); 140-143.

"Phoebe Haas - An AAVSO Volunteer", JOURNAL OF THE AAVSO, 20, 1(1991); 18-22.

"Preserving Our Heritage In Astronomy", SKY AND TELESCOPE, 83, 3(1992 March); 244.

"Clinton Banker Ford, 1913-1992", BULLETIN OF THE AAS, 26(1994);1602-1603.

"The Development of Astronomy in the Southern United States: 1840-1914", JOURNAL FOR THE HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY, 27, 1(1996 February); 13-44.

Six entries: "Amateurs in Astronomy", 6-10; "John Goodricke", 238; "Theodore Evelyn Reece Phillips", 389; "Schmidt Telescopes and Bernhard Voldemar Schmidt" 445-447; "Telescopes from 1820", 519-527; and "Variable Star Astronomy", 553-556; in Lankford, John (Ed.), History of Astronomy, An Encyclopedia, New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1996.

“John Edward Mellish and the Origins of the Amateur Telescope Making Movement in North America”, JOURNAL OF THE ANTIQUE TELESCOPE SOCIETY, 13(1997 Summer); 15-19.

 “Berwyn’s Amateur Astronomers”, TREDYFFRIN EASTTOWN HISTORY CLUB QUARTERLY, 35, 3(1997 July); 109–118.

Three biographical essays, James Hartness, vol. 10, 363–4; Karl Guthe Jansky, vol. 11, 860–2; and Joseph Alphonso Pierce, vol. 17, 501–2; in Garraty, John A. and Mark C. Carnes, (Gen. Eds.), American National Biography, Oxford University Press, 1999.

“Telescopes, Marriage and Mars: The Life of John E. Mellish,” SKY AND TELESCOPE, 98, 5(1999 November); 84–88.

Getting Organized:  A History of Amateur Astronomy in the United States, Ph. D. diss., Rice University, May 2000.

"Reconsidering the History of AAVSO", JAAVSO, to be published, Fall 2000.

"Oscar E. Monnig, 1902-1999", BULLETIN OF THE AAS, 31(2000);pp.

"Henry W. ‘Hank’ Spreitzer, 1914-1999", BULLETIN OF THE AAS, 31(2000);pp.

“Getting organized: U. S. amateur astronomy from 1860 to 1985,” in The Proceedings for the Professional/Amateur Cooperation Workshop, to be published by Astronomical Society of the Pacific, expected Spring, 2001.

Rothenberg, Marc and Thomas R. Williams, “Amateurs and the Society during the Formative Years” in DeVorkin, David (Ed.), The American Astronomical Society’s First Century, American Institute of Physics, 1999; 40–52.

Book Reviews

 

"Black Holes, Quasars and the Universe", Harry L. Shipman, in VARIABLE VIEWS, Fall 1976.

"Ten Faces of the Universe", Fred Hoyle, in JOURNAL OF THE AAVSO, 6, 2(1978); 85-86.

"The Amateur Astronomer", Antonin Perkl, in JOURNAL OF THE AAVSO, 8, 2(1979); 72-73.

“The LSU College of Engineering. Volume 1: Origins and Establishment, 1860-1908”, Dan R. Frost and Kou K. Nelson, JOURNAL OF SOUTHERN HISTORY, 63, 1(1997): 188-189.

“The Planet Mars: A History of Observation and Discovery”, William Sheehan, in JOURNAL FOR THE HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY, 28, 3(1997): 274-275.

“American Astronomy, Community, Careers and Power, 1859-1940”, John Lankford in JOURNAL OF SOCIAL HISTORY, 32, 3(1999): 732–734.

“The LSU College of Engineering. Volume 2: Growth and Maturity, 1909–1970.”, Dan R. Frost, JOURNAL OF SOUTHERN HISTORY, 66, 1(2000): pp.

Oral and Poster Presentations

"Criteria For Selection of An Astronomer as an Amateur", oral presentation to the American Astronomical Society, Historical Astronomy Division, Abstract 51.11, BULLETIN OF THE AAS, 16, 2(1984); 549.

"Alexander Roberts:  Distinguished South African Amateur Astronomer and Humanitarian", Oral presentation to AAS-HAD, Abstract 01.07, BULLETIN OF THE AAS, 17, 4(1985); 828.

"Ingalls, Porter and the Amateur Telescope Making Movement", oral presentation to AAS-HAD, Abstract 92.06, BULLETIN OF THE AAS, 18, 4(1986); 1055.

"Oscar Monnig and the Peña Blanca Spring Meteorite", oral presentation to AAS-HAD, Abstract 1.02, BULLETIN OF THE AAS, 19, 4(1987); 1011.

"Criteria For Classifying an Astronomer as an Amateur", oral presentation to International Astronomical Union Colloquium 98, Paris, France, June 20, 1987.

"Roberts of Lovedale and the Eclipsing Binary Stars", oral presentation to International Astronomical Union Colloquium 98, Paris, France, June 21, 1987.

"Robert Raynolds McMath As An Amateur Astronomer-An Assessment", oral presentation to AAS-HAD, Abstract No.1.04, BULLETIN OF THE AAS, 21, 2(1989); 741.

"Contributions of Amateurs to Astronomy From 1889 to 1989", Invited Paper, Astronomical Society of the Pacific Centennial, Abstract-PUBLICATIONS OF THE ASP, 101, 644(1989 October); 888.

"Some Little Known Variable Star Astronomers From Around The World", Invited Paper, First European Meeting of the American Association of Variable Star Observers, Brussels, July 1990.

"On The Main Line - Amateur Contributions to Astronomy from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania", Oral presentation to AAS-HAD, Abstract No. 18.02, BULLETIN OF THE AAS, 22, 4(1990); 1224.

"Springfield in the West - Amateur Telescope Making in Southern California (1930-1955)", oral presentation to AAS-HAD, Abstract No. 79.05, BULLETIN OF THE AAS, 25, 2(1993); 931-932.

“Science in 1891: Edgar Odell Lovett and opportunities for the new Rice Institute”, oral presentation to the Rice Historical Society, June 29, 1996.

“John Edward Mellish and the Origins of the Amateur Telescope Making Movement in North America”, oral presentation to the Antique Telescope Society annual meeting, September, 1996, in Bath, England.

“Dearborn:  The University of Chicago’s First Observatory,” Invited Paper, Astronomical Society of the Pacific observance of the Yerkes Observatory Centennial, June 29, 1997, Chicago, Illinois.

“Astronomy, Telescopes and the Chicago Astronomical Society – 1862 to 1889,” oral presentation to the Chicago Astronomical Society, September 18, 1998, Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois.

“Chasing Shadows and Bending Light – Einstein’s General Relativity Theory and the Solar Eclipse of 1919,” oral presentation in the “Breakthrough! Centuries of Scientific Experiments” program, Rice University School of Continuing Studies, October 27, 1998, Houston, Texas.

“Amateur astronomy at planetaria and public observatories in the United States in the 1930s,” oral presentation to AAS-HAD, Abstract No. 1.04, Bulletin of the AAS. 1999 May 30; 31(3): 823–824.

“Getting organized: U. S. amateur astronomy from 1860 to 1985,” Invited Paper, Joint meeting of the AAVSO, ASP and RASC, Toronto, Ontario, Abstract No. _______, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. 1999 Jul 4

“The Unedited List of Amateur and Professional Astronomers,” Poster Paper, Joint meeting of the AAVSO, ASP and RASC, Toronto, Ontario, Abstract No. _______, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. 1999 Jul 4.

"Reconsidering the History of AAVSO", AAVSO Spring meeting, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, October 31,1999.

"The Evolution of Amateur Astronomy in the United States in the Twentieth Century", oral presentation to History of Science Society Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 5, 1999.

“A Short History of the ALPO Lunar Meteor Search Project,” oral presentation to Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers Annual Meeting, Ventura, California, July 20, 2000.