Melotte, Philbert Jacques, 1880 - 1961 (astronomer)
- Existence: 1880 - 1961
Philbert Jacques Melotte (1880-1961), astronomer, was born in London on 29 January 1880, the son of Belgian immigrants. He was educated in Greenwich before joining the Royal Observatory as a supernumerary computer. He discovered the moon Jupiter VIII, known today as Pasiphae, in 1908, and the following year made the discovery of the asteroid 676 Melitta. In 1944 he served as President of the British Astronomical Association. He died on 30 March 1961.
Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:
An undated photocopy of an article in the 'Daily Mail', 6 May 1908, regarding P.J. Melotte's discovery of the eighth satellite of Jupiter.
Includes a conservation note by P. Jacques Melotte dated 1939 concerning the instability of the paper; a print mentioned as made in 1925 is not extant.
Tables compiled by P.J. Melotte listing double stars and variable stars noted on astrographic plates.
P.J. Melotte's 'Catalogue of 1450 dark areas from Franklin Adams' plates', including an original script and first draft. The catalogue is undated.
P.J. Melotte's positional data of Dark Nebulae from Franklin Adams's plates, numbers 4-206, undated.
P.J. Melotte's rewritten, selective positional data of Dark Nebulae from Franklin Adams's plates, numbers 38, 202 and 204, including positional data for the Magellanic clouds and a miscellaneous celestial 'graph'. The papers are undated.
The collection contains a wide range of material created or accumulated by Melotte during his lifetime. There are four main series, relating to the Royal Greenwich Observatory, British Astronomical Association, Royal Astronomical Society and solar eclipses. The remaining material comprises papers, photographs and other items on a wide range of astronomical subjects.
An account book kept by P.J. Melotte of plates used for transparencies, etc.