One of the "knitting jobs" (as Dorrit Hoffleit used to call "spare time" tasks) I have taken on is to update and upgrade the page of meeting group photos. I'm rescanning some of the photos for better quality, adding missing items, and adding identification keys wherever possible. Some of the 1920s photos were published with keys in Popular Astronomy, and many of the photos made in the 1980s and 1990s were routinely distributed with keys, but many other years need closer attention, and I will be adding these from time to time, as time allows.
It is always interesting and fascinating to put faces to names and names to faces of the AAVSO's members; and there are even some interesting non-AAVSO people in the meeting photos (Ejnar Hertzsprung, for example--see if you can spot him).
It is also fascinating to see who were the top observers of the day attending meetings; and who attended meetings regularly, but were not necessarily prolific observers, or observers at all; and who were "surprise attendees" who were known entities, but who were rarely seen (Leslie Peltier, for example). Looking at the early photos along with the corresponding meeting report published in Variable Comments makes for an interesting study in character(s).
This knitting-job inspires a much-needed supplement to the lists of top observers published in Advancing Variable Star Astronomy. Those published lists covered the AAVSO's entire 100-year span, but they do not do justice to the early observers--so many of the names truly worthy of recognition are missing.
So, here follows a listing of the top observers (> 10,000 observations) of the AAVSO's first fifty years (< November 1961). Some observers listed below continued observing after the first 50 years of the AAVSO so their lifetime totals are higher than the numbers shown here. (The totals given are from the time of archival data entry, and may have since been slightly adjusted for errors, duplicates, omissions, etc.). Click on the observer's name to see a photo.
|DK||120830||Reginald P. De Kock ||South Africa||1934 Mar||1961 Oct|
|FE||105431||Cyrus F. Fernald ||Maine||1937 May||1961 Oct|
|P||98050||Leslie C. Peltier ||Ohio||1918 Mar||1961 Oct|
|H||54555||Ferdinand Hartmann ||New York||1932 Mar||1961 Oct|
|L||54081||Giovanni B. Lacchini ||Italy||1911 Oct||1961 Oct|
|OV||52853||Edward G. Oravec ||New York||1942 Mar||1961 Oct|
|CH||49712||Radha G. Chandra ||India||1919 Nov||1954 Apr|
|J||44756||Eugene H. Jones ||Massachusetts||1923 Nov||1943 Oct|
|AH||37089||Paul Ahnert ||Germany||1928 Apr||1961 Oct|
|BL||36844||James M. Baldwin ||Australia||1911 Feb||1940 Oct|
|RB||30800||David W. Rosebrugh ||Connecticut||1933 Mar||1961 Oct|
|CR||27637||Thomas A. Cragg ||California||1944 Dec||1961 Sep|
|HT||26100||H. E. Houghton ||South Africa||1924 Jul||1942 May|
|B||24884||Tilton C. H. Bouton ||Florida||1912 Jan||1947 Jan|
|AD||22444||Robert M. Adams ||Missouri||1949 Apr||1961 Oct|
|LT||22396||Eppe Loreta||Italy||1927 Oct||1940 Sep|
|AC||22182||Curtis E. Anderson ||Minnesota||1951 Sep||1961 Oct|
|ME||19879||Joseph W. Meek ||New Mexico||1930 Jul||1953 Feb|
|RCJ||19320||Carl J. Renner||Michigan||1943 Jul||1961 Oct|
|FD||18935||Clinton B. Ford ||Michigan||1927 Sep||1961 Oct|
|ELD||18386||Demetrius P. Elias||Greece||1944 Aug||1956 Apr|
|CC||18113||Constantin Chassapis||Greece||1936 Sep||1957 Aug|
|TB||17963||Domingo Taboada Roldan ||Mexico||1944 Dec||1961 Oct|
|HO||17428||William L. Holt ||Maine||1933 Nov||1946 Sep|
|EN||16807||G. E. Ensor ||South Africa||1926 Mar||1940 May|
|CY||15804||Morgan Cilley ||West Virginia||1923 Aug||1950 Jun|
|BAN||13831||Harry C. Bancroft, Jr. ||New Jersey||1912 Jun||1930 Aug|
|MAC||12267||Charles Y. McAteer ||Pennsylvania||1912 May||1924 Sep|
|HU||11976||Walter Scott Houston ||Kansas||1931 Oct||1961 Aug|
|BC||11013||Ralph N. Buckstaff ||Wisconsin||1929 Jul||1961 Oct|
|CS||10673||A. W. J. Cousins ||South Africa||1920 Jan||1947 Feb|
|KR||10010||Winifred C. Kearons ||Massachusetts||1928 Aug||1950 Nov|