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UPTON, James, merchant, born at Salem, Massachusetts, 31 March, 1813; died there, 30 March, 1879. He studied for college and acquired a knowledge of French and the classics, but entered his father's counting-room at an early age and there received the training that was the basis of his fortune. He was a contributor to all public projects in Salem, where he spent his life, and a liberal donor to Brown university and Newton theological institute. He was an active member of the Essex institute, to the "Proceedings" of which he contributed valuable papers on arboriculture. In 1872 he printed privately a volume of original music entitled "Musical Miscellanea."--His son, Winslow, astronomer, born in Salem, 12 October, 1853, was graduated at Brown university in 1875, was a student of astronomy at Cincinnati observatory in 1875-'7, and received the degree of A. M. from the University of Cincinnati in the latter year. He was assistant at the Harvard observatory in 1877-'9, assistant engineer on the United States lake survey in 1879-'80, computer in the United States naval observatory in 1880-'7, computer and assistant professor in the United States signal office in 1881-'4, and has been professor of astronomy in Brown university since January, 1884. He was a member of the United States expeditions to observe eclipses in 1878 and 1883, and is a member of the principal American and foreign scientific societies, to whose publications he has contributed numerous papers. Of these, the following have been reprinted : " Photometric Observations "(Cambridge, 1879) ; "The Solar Eclipse of 1878" (Salem, 1879) ; " Report on Observations made on the Expedition to Caroline Island to observe the Total Solar Eclipse of May 6, 1883 " (Washington, 1884); "An Investigation of Cyclonic Phenomena in New England " (Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1887); "Meteorological Observations during the Solar Eclipse, August 19, 1887" (1888); and "The Storm of March 11-14, 1888 " (1888).
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