Born at Wallace Bridge, Newcomb moved to the United States in 1853. Graduating from Harvard he became Professor of Mathematics in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the Naval Observatory. He was soon recognized as an authority on mathematical astronomy. As Director of the Nautical Almanac (1877-97), and as Professor at Johns Hopkins (1884-94 and 1898-1900) his revision of the lunar and planetary tables led to the simplification of all nautical almanacs throughout the world, while his many scientific books and papers earned him international distinction and high honour. He died in Washington [D.C.]
Né à Wallace Bridge, Newcomb émigra aux États-Unis en 1853. Diplômé de Harvard, il devint professeur de mathématiques dans la marine américaine, puis fut nommé à l'observatoire naval. À titre de directeur de Nautical Almanac (1877-1897) et de professeur à l'université Johns Hopkins (entre 1884 et 1900), il effectua une révision des éphémérides qui permit de simplifier les almanachs nautiques du monde entier; ses ouvrages et articles scientifiques lui valurent une réputation internationale et de hautes distinctions. Il mourut à Washington [D.C].
Erected 1935 by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada/Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada.
Location. 45° 48.756′ N, 63° 30.849′ W. Marker is in Wallace Bridge, Nova Scotia, in Cumberland County. Marker is on Sunrise Trail (Nova Scotia Route 6) just east of Kerrs Mill Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13277 Nova Scotia 6 (Newcomb-Boyle Park), Wallace Bridge, Nova Scotia B0K 1H0, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Willard Sterling Boyle, C.C. (a few steps from this marker); Saint Matthew's Presbyterian Church (approx. 3.2 kilometers away); St. John's United Church Cemetery (approx. 3.5 kilometers away); War Memorial (approx. 3.5 kilometers away); Pugwash Railway Station (approx. 12.1 kilometers away); Pugwash Train Station 1961 (approx. 12.1 kilometers away); Evolution of Pugwash Industry (approx. 12.2 kilometers away); World Wars Memorial (approx. 12.3 kilometers away).
Also see . . .
1. Simon Newcomb Bio. (Submitted on September 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Simon Newcomb Bio. (Submitted on September 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Simon Newcomb Online Books. (Submitted on September 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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