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EASTMAN, John Robie, astronomer, born in Andover, New Hampshire, 29 July 1836. He was graduated at the Chandler scientific department of Dartmouth in 1862, and in 1877 received the degree of Ph.D. from that College. In February 1865, he was appointed professor of mathematics in the U. S. navy, with the relative rank of commander, and assigned to astronomical work in the U. S. observatory in Washington. He has accompanied various astronomical expeditions throughout the United States, and in 1870 was sent to Syracuse, Sicily, to observe the total eclipse of the sun that took place on 22 Dec. of that year. Besides being a member of various scientific societies, he has since 1.879 been a fellow of the American association for the advancement of science, and was its general secretary in 1883. The results of his astronomical investigations have appeared in the yearly volumes of the U. S. naval observatory, which from 1872 till 1882 were edited by him.
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