Arthur Harvey

(1834-1905) F.R.S.C., F.R.A.S.C. President of the society (1898-99); Honorary President and Director, La Institutio Solar Internacional (Monte Video, Uruguay).

ARTHUR HARVEY (1834-1905) was a polymath, publishing papers on the grain trade, the reciprocity treaty, the Canadian Census of 1871, metrication, botany, geology, pathology, anthropology, philosophy, physics and, of course, many on astronomy. He came to Canada in 1856 after education in England, France, Holland and at Trinity College, Dublin. After working for a number of newspapers in Hamilton, Montreal and Quebec (where he married), he began a career as a statistician with the government of Canada 1862-70. During his time in Ottawa, Harvey also founded the Year Book and Almanac of British North America in 1867 was active in the Natural History Society, serving as its Secretary in 1867-68. He then moved to Toronto to become manager of an insurance company and president of a loan and land company. His astronomical interests were very broad also. He saw and wrote about Donati's Comet of 1858 and the Comet 1861 II. He wrote on the parallax of the aurora and was invited to contribute his views to Nature. He spoke at meetings on several occasions on topics including eclipses, the telescope, observatories, Roentgen's discoveries, the synchronism of northern and southern auroras, meteors and meteorites and contributed 25 papers to the Society's publications on an equally dazzling array of subjects. His investigations into solar-terrestrial relationships led to his election as Honorary President and Director of the Institutio Solar Internacional Montevideo, Uruguay. He claimed to have discovered the emission in solar radiation of negatively charged particles and to have been the first to announce a 27.5 day periodicity in magnetic disturbances on earth.

Peter Broughton (from Looking Up)




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