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Clyde Tombaugh

18 Jan 2015, 00:00 UTC
Clyde Tombaugh
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It seemed unlikely. A young man out of high school and unsure how he would pay for college ends up working for a professional astronomical observatory and making one of the biggest discoveries of the 20th Century. But where there's a will, there's a way. Clyde Tombaugh had the will. Continue reading →

¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending January 24, 2015
It seemed unlikely. A young man out of high school and unsure how he would pay for college ends up working for a professional astronomical observatory and making one of the biggest discoveries of the 20th Century. But where there’s a will, there’s a way. Clyde Tombaugh had the will.
Working on his family’s farm in Illinois, the young Tombaugh took an interest in the heavens. After looking through an uncle’s telescope, he longed for his own. Eventually he obtained one from Sears. Then, as now, department store telescopes left something to be desired. Also then, as now, higher quality instruments cost a pretty penny. So Tombaugh made his own. By that time, his family had moved to Kansas.
Tombaugh’s observations and his lack of a college degree helped him get a job at Lowell Observatory ...

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