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List of Professors

Name Years at Michigansort icon Position

Franz Friedrich Ernst Brunnow

1854 - 1859
Professor of Astronomy
Director of the University of Michigan Observatory

James Craig Watson

1858 - 1879
Professor of Astronomy
Director of the Observatory
Instructor in Mathematics 1858-1859

Mark Walrod Harrington

1868 - 1892
Professor of Astronomy
Director of the Observatory

John Martin Schaeberle

1885 - 1888
Acting Assistant Professor of Astronomy
Instructor in Mathematics

William Wallace Campbell

1888 - 1891
Instructor in Astronomy

Asaph Hall

1892 - 1905
Professor of Astronomy
Director of the University of Michigan Observatory

Elmer Louis Allor

1892
Instructor in Astronomy

William J. Hussey

1905 - 1926
Professor of Astronomy
Director of the University of Michigan Observatory

Ralph Hamilton Curtiss

1907 - 1929
Professor of Astronomy
Chair of Department of Astronomy
Director of the Observatories

Walter Mann Mitchell

1910 - 1913
Assistant Professor of Astronomy

Sebastian Albrecht

1912 - 1913
Acting Junior Professor of Astronomy

W. Carl Rufus

1917 - 1946
Professor of Astronomy

Richard A. Rossiter

1926 - 1952
Associate Professor of Astronomy

Dean B. McLaughlin

1927 - 1965
Professor of Astronomy

Allan Douglas Maxwell

1928 - 1946
Professor of Astronomy

Hazel M. Losh

1928 - 1969
Professor of Astronomy

Oliver Brown

1931 - 1940
Instruction in Anatomy

Robley C. Williams

1935 - 1950
Professor of Physics and Bio Physics
Professor of Astronomy

Orren C. Mohler

1940 - 1979
Professor of Astronomy

Freeman D. Miller

1946 - 1977
Professor of Astronomy

Helen Walter Dodson Prince

1947 - 1976
Professor of Astronomy

Lawrence H. Aller

1948 - 1962
Professor of Astronomy

Austin Keith Pierce

1948 - 1958
Associate Professor of Astronomy

William Liller

1953 - 1960
Associate Professor of Astronomy

Guenther H. E. Elste

1954 - 1991
Associate Professor of Astronomy

Fred T. Haddock

1956 - 1988
Professor of Astronomy, Electrical Engineering

Dennis Walsh

1959 - 1967
Associate Professor of Astronomy

Herman Zanstra

1959
Visiting Professor of Astronomy

William E Howard

1959 - 1964
Associate Professor of Astronomy

Richard G. Teske

1960 - 1993
Professor of Astronomy

Charles R. Cowley

1967 - 2007
Professor of Astronomy

Jack G. Hills

1969
Unknown

William A. Hiltner

1970 - 1985
Professor of Astronomy
Chair of Department of Astronomy

Nancy Houk

1970 - 2001
Research Scientist

Gordon M. MacAlpine

1972 - 2000
Professor of Astronomy

Robert Kirshner

1976 - 1985
Professor of Astronomy

Philip A. Hughes

1983 - 2006
Research Scientist Astronomy

Todd A. Boroson

1984 - 1987
Assistant Professor of Astronomy

Gregory D. Bothun

1986 - 1992
Associate Professor of Astronomy

Holland C. Ford

1987 - 1988
Professor of Astronomy

Gary M. Bernstein

1994 - 2003
Associate Professor of Astronomy

Rebecca Bernstein

2001 - 2007
Associate Professor of Astronomy

Rachel Sue Somerville

2001 - 2004
Assistant Professor of Astronomy

Ray Jayawardhana

2002 - 2004
Assistant Professor of Astronomy

Mary E. Putman

2004 - 2008
Assistant Professor of Astronomy