C. A. Robert Lundin

C. A. Robert Lundin (1880-1962) took charge of the optical department of Alvan Clark & Sons in 1915, established his own telescope firm in 1929, and became head of Warner & Swasey’s new optical shop in 1933. His honors included fellowships in the Royal Astronomical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
This snapshot shows Lundin examining one element of the objective lens of the 24-inch refracting telescope that was built by John A. Brashear and installed at Swarthmore College in 1911. A paper label on the back reads: “1941 January 14 C. A. Robert Lundin and flint component of Sproul Objective.”
Ref: John W. Briggs and Donald E. Osterbrock, “The Challenges and Frustrations of a Veteran Astronomical Optician: Robert Lundin, 1880-1962,” Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage 1 (1988): 93-103.
John A. Miller, “The Sproul Observatory of Swarthmore College,” Popular Astronomy 21 (1913): 253-262.
The Sproul Observatory of Swarthmore College. History and Description (Swarthmore, 1948).
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paper (overall material)
overall: 5 1/4 in x 4 3/4 in; 13.335 cm x 12.065 cm
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Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Swarthmore College

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