T HE MICHIGAN- AILY
sta E, DE7, 1947
Prof. McMath Is 'A dmiral Byrd of Sun'
McMath was primarily interested
in engineering until 1925, when
astronomy finally won his princi-
Turned To Stars
Like his colleague in the astron-
omy department, Prof. Leo Gold-
berg, it was a total eclipse of the
sun that finally turned Prof. Mc-
Math to the study of the stars.
While acting as a photographer
on an eclipse expedition to New
York State, in 1925, he was fatally
bitten by the astronomy bug, and
immediately made it his career.
The expedition proved moment-
ous to Prof. McMath in other
ways, too, for it was then that he
began his partnership with Judge
Henry Hulbert, who served for
many years in the Probate Court
in Detroit, and whose work as an
amateur astronomer at the Mc-
Math-Hulbert Observatory is at-
tested to by the name itself.
Paradoxically, the expedition
which first arroused Prof. Mc-
Math's serious interest in astron-
omy nearly ended his career perm-
anently when a high wind tore the
astronomers' balloon to pieces a
short time before he and Judge
Hulbert were due to make an as-
cent to photograph the eclipse.
Numerous "firsts" can be pre-
sented out in the history of the
observatory which has become one
of the world's foremost research
centers since its construction in
1930. Possessing the most modern
equipment, it was the first and on-
ly observatory to build an infra-
red spectrometer utilizing a red-
sulphide cell for studying the com-
position and physical conditions
of the sun.
Equally adept at shooting with
a camera or a gun, Prof. McMath
took enough time this year to go
north and "bring back his buck"
and his other hobby, photography,
has included shooting everything
from stars to still portraits.
In a broader field, Prof. Mc-
Math's achievements range from
being secretary of his college class
and a member of Tau Beta Pi
(engineering honorary) to the
winning of eight honorary degrees
and special awards, membership
in 32 scientific societies and serv-
ing on several scientific commis-
In Prof. McMath's opinion, the
"very essence of the observatory's
growth has been the constant ap-
plication of new techniques in so-
lar research." And, judging from
the past, one can see no limita-
tion to what this "Admiral Byrd"
of the sun will accomplish in his
chosen field-the exploration of
the source of all the earth's pow-
Hillel Services . ..
The B'nai B'rith Hillel Founda-
tion and the Intercollegiate Zion-
ist Federation of America will
hold Chanukah candle lighting
services at 8 p.m. today at the
Presentation of the historical
meaning of Chanukah and a pro-
gram of singing and dancing by
the Palestinian Song and Dance
Group will be featured. The ser-
vices are open to all students.
Lyon To Speak"..
Bayard Lyon of the Oriental
languages department will be
the principal speaker at the
Wesleyan Guild tea in honor of
Chinese students 3 p.m. today
in the Wesley Lounge of the
First Methodist Church.
Music Group ,. *
Members of Alpha chapter of
Sigma Alpha Iota, National Pro-
fessional Music Fraternity for Wo-
men, will present their traditional
Christmas Candlelight Service at
7:15 p.m. today in the First Meth-
This annual Christmas concert
consists of vocal, instrumental,
and choral music and is one of
the highlights of the fraternity's
Civic Concert . . .
The Ann Arbor Civic Orches-
tra will present a concert at
4:15 p.m. today in the Ann Ar-
bor High School auditorium un-
der the direction of Prof. Joseph1
E. Maddy, of the music school.
Economics Talk ...
Prof. George Katona, of the psy-
chology department will discuss
"Empirical Studies of the Con-
sumption Function," at a meeting
of the Economics Club at 7:45
p.m. tomorrow, in the Rackham
World Federalists . .
The Willow Village chapter of
the United World Federalists will
hold a meeting at 7:30 p.m. to-
morrow in the West Lodge at Wil-
Dubois To Lecture
On Negro and UN
Dr. W. El Dubois, well-known
Negro historian and author, will
lecture on "The American Negro
Faces the United Nations," at 8
p.m. Tuesday in Rackham Audi-
Tickets for the lecture, which is
being sponsored by IRA, are now
on sale in University Hall.
Great Task of Newspapers
Leaves Opening for Crities
The American newspaper und-
ertakes such a formidable task in
attempting to bring to its readers
an accurate reflection of the en-
tire world, that it is easily open
to criticism, according to James
R. Wiggins, Managing Editor of
the Washington Post.
Speaking recently on "The Im-
pact of the News," in the first in
a series of University journalism
lectures, Wiggins declared, "You
can no more indict the entire
press, than you can indict a whole
Athough the danger of news-
paper monopolies are serious, they
should not be overemphasized, he
said. Few cities have complete
newspaper monopolies, and the
growth of magazines and dis-
pensing of radio information
tends to counteract monopoly
where it does exist, Wiggins
New techniques of reproducing
print will in the immediate future
make possible the entry of more
papers which will be able to sur-
vive because the tremendous fi-
nancial resources now necessary!
for operation will be less crucial.
The series will be continued with
a talk by N. R. Howard, ManagingE
Editor of the Cleveland News,
Wednesday in Kellogg Avditorium.
Speech Contest Finals
Six speech students will enter
the finals of the annual Speech
31 contest to be held at 4 p.m.
tomorrow in Lydia Mendelssohn
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