Clare

Astronomers

Vaughan, Daniel (c.1818 – 1879), scientist, mathematician, and astronomer, was born at Glenomra near Kilbane, Broadford, County Clare, around 1818. He emigrated to the United States around 1840.He spent some time in the southern states and by 1842 was running a classical school in the area, teaching Greek, Latin, mathematics and astronomy. He was a gifted linguist, fluent in German, Italian, French and Spanish. His interest in scientific studies was growing and he became a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His articles included On the Motions of Numerous Small Bodies and the Phenomena Resulting there from and Solar Light.

He was particularly interested in astronomy and natural phenomena. Daniel was in great demand on the lecture circuit, delivering papers on scientific matters in Ohio, Cincinnati and Miami. His reputation grew in Europe as his articles were published in the Journal of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Daniel continued to publish widely throughout the 1850’s. His paper entitled The Stability of Satellites Revolving in Small Orbits was published in 1857. His final paper The Origins of Worlds was published in May 1879. © Clare County Library, Mill Road, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland.

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