2A - Thursday, September 20, 2007
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In Other Ivory Towers
SERVING UP A CURE
A star-crossed venture
The story of why the University dollars to finance the project.
built a telescope in the middle of The project stalled during World
South Africa begins with a love tri- War I because the glass needed to
angle. make the lens was manufactured in
Both William Hussey, a former Europe.
director of the Detroit Observatory, Hussey traveled widely before
and Robert Lamont, who lent their selecting the site near the town of
names to the Lamont-Hussey Obser- Bloemfontein.
vatory, were smitten with Hussey's "Bloemfontein (South Africa) is
future wife Ethel, according to His- like being in the center of Nebras-
tory Prof. Rudi Lindner. ka," Lindner said. "It's a place you
Although Hussey won out in don't go to for pleasure alone."
the end, the two remained close But the rural area in the middle
friends. of the country boasted perfect con-
Late one night in 1908, Lamont ditions for stargazing.
and Hussey were watching a wres- Hussey never got the chance to
tling match in Chicago when Lamont see his dream complete. Soon after
abruptly offered to fund Hussey's he finalized the site in 1926, Hussey
pipe dream to build a telescope in collapsed and died in London.
the Southern Hemisphere in order The mayor of Bloemfontein
to map areas of the sky not visible opened the Lamont-Hussey Obser-
from North America, Lindner said. vatory on May 11, 1928.
Lindner estimated that Lamont, At the time, the 27-inch refract-
who made his fortune selling steel ing lens - which is now stored at the
to railroad companies, gave Hussey University - was the fourth-largest
about 1 million dollars in today's in the United States, according to
"The Making of the University of
Michigan," by Howard Peckham.
A team from the University took
up Hussey's work mapping double
stars, which are stars that appear
to be connected. Led by astrono-
mer Richard Rossiter, astronomers
catalogued roughly 7,200 double
After Rossiter retired in 1959, the
University increased pressure to
close the observatory due to fund-
ing and a student campaign against
apartheid, Lindner said.
The observatory officially closed
Although the telescope is no lon-
ger operational, the building still
The University donated the site
to a children's theater group. The
observatory's dome now features
paintings of animals like giraffes
and zebras grazing freely.
Womens volleyball coach Mark Rnann serves ice
cream at Ben and Jerry's on State Street yesterday
afternoon to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the
Cure, which funds breast cancer research.
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