Walter S. Adams Bibliography

Papers, etc.

Adams's Papers are at the Huntington Library with a Finding Aid by Helen Czaplicki. There is a microform copy at the Caltech Archives. There is much correspondence in the G.E. Hale Papers at both Caltech Archives and the Huntington (also available on microfilm). There is a manuscript autobiography at the AIP Center for History of Physics. There is also some correspondence at the American Philosophical Society.

Other References: Historical

Adams, Walter S., “George Ellery Hale, 1868-1939,” Ap.J. 87, 369-88 (1938).

Adams, W.S., “George Ellery Hale” Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Science 21, 181-241 (1939).

Adams, Walter S., “Early Days at Mt. Wilson,” PASP 59, 212-231 and 285-304 (1947).

Adams, W.S., “The Yerkes Observatory, 1898-1904,Science 106, 196-200 (1947).

Adams, W.S., “Some Reminiscences of the Yerkes Observatory,” Science 106, 196-200 (1947).

Adams, Walter S., “The History of the International Astronomical Union,” PASP 61, 5-12 (1949).

Adams, Walter S., “The Founding of the Mount Wilson Observatory,” PASP 66, 267-303 (1954).

Adams, Walter S., “Early Solar Research at Mt. Wilson,” Vistas in Astronomy 1, 619-623 (1955).

Christiansen, Gale E., Edwin Hubble: Mariner of the Nebulae (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1995).

Dyson, Frank Watson, “The Stars around the North Pole,” Royal Institution Library of Science: Astronomy, 239-242. (lecture delivered 29 April 1921)

Earman, John & Clark Glymour, “Relativity and Eclipses: The British Eclipse Expeditions of 1919 and Their Predecessors,” Historical Studies in the Physical Sciences 11, 49-85 (1980).

Frost, Edwin B., “The Yerkes Observatory: A Retrospect of Twenty-five Years”, The University Record IX, 1 (1923).

Hearnshaw, J. B., The Analysis of Starlight (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 1986).

Hetherington, Norriss, “Sirius B and the Gravitational Redshift—an Historical Review,” QJRAS 21, 246-252 (1980).   Replies by others, QJRAS 26, 273-278 & 279-288 (1985).

Hetherington, Norriss & Ronald S. Brashear, “Walter S. Adams and the Imposed Settlement Between Edwin Hubble and Adriaan Van Maanen,” Journal for the History of Astronomy 23, 1, 53-56 (1992).

Holberg, J.B., “Sirius B and the Measurement of the Gravitational Redshift,” Journal for the History of Astronomy 41, 41-64 (2010).

Hufbauer, Karl, Exploring the Sun: Solar Science Since Galileo (Johns Hopkins U.P., 1991).

Millikan, Robert A. & Walter S. Adams, “The Reason and the Results of Dr. Einstein's Visit to the California Institute of Technology,” Science 73, 380-81 (1931).

Osterbrock, Donald E., Yerkes Observatory 1892-1950: The Birth, Near Death, and Resurrection of a Scientific Research Institution (Univ. of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1997).

Sandage, Allan, Centennial History of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Vol. 1 The Mount Wilson Observatory (Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, UK, 2004).

Seares, Frederick H., “Retirement of Dr. Walter S. Adams,” PASP 57, 296-301 (1945).

Wright, Helen, Explorer of the Universe: A Biography of George Ellery Hale (Dutton, 1966)

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Other References: Scientific

Adams, W.S., “The Polar Compression of Jupiter,” Astronomical Journal 20, 133 (1899).

Adams, Walter S., “The Curvature of the Spectral Lines in the Spectroheliograph,” Ap.J. 11, 309 (1900).

Adams, Walter S., “The Radial Velocities of the Brighter Stars in the Pleiades,” Ap.J. 19, 338-43 (1904).

Hale, George E. & Walter S. Adams, “Photographic Observations of the Spectra of Sun-Spots,” Ap.J. 23, 11-44 (1906).

Adams, Walter S., “Some Notes on the H and K Lines and the Motion of the Calcium Vapor in the Sun” Ap.J. 23, 45-53 (1906).

Hale, George E., Walter S. Adams, & Henry G. Gale, “Preliminary Paper on the Cause of the Characteristic Phenomena of Sun-Spot Spectra,” Ap.J. 24, 185-213 (1906).

Hale, George E. & Walter S. Adams, “Second Paper on the Cause of the Characteristic Phenomena of Sun-Spot Spectra,” Ap.J. 25, 75-94 (1907).

Hale, George E. & Walter S. Adams, “A Photographic Comparison of the Spectra of the Limb and the Center of the Sun,” Ap.J. 25, 300-10 (1907).

Adams, Walter S., “Spectrographic Observations of the Rotation of the Sun,” Ap.J. 26,203-24 (1907).

Adams, Walter S., “Preliminary Catalogue of Lines Affected in Sun-Spots Region λ 4000 to λ 4500,” Ap.J. 27, 45-65 (1908).

Adams, Walter S., “A Summary of the Results of a Study of the Mount Wilson Photographs of Sun-Spot Spectra,” Ap.J. 30, 86-126 (1909).

Hale, George E. & Walter S. Adams, “Photography of the ‘Flash’ Spectrum Without an Eclipse,” Ap.J. 30, 222-30 (1909).

Adams, Walter S., “Some Results of a Study of the Spectra of Sirius, Procyon, and Arcturus with High Dispersion,” Ap.J. 33, 64-71 (1911).

Adams, Walter S., “The Three-prism Stellar Spectrograph of the Mount Wilson Solar Observatory,” Ap.J. 35, 163-82 (1912).

Adams, Walter S., “Note on the Relative Intensity at Different Wave-lengths of the Spectra of Some Stars Having Large and Small Proper Motions,” Ap.J. 39, 89-92 (1914).

Adams, Walter S. & Arnold Kohlschütter, “The Radial Velocities of One Hundred Stars with Measured Parallaxes,” Ap.J. 39, 341-49 (1914).

Adams, Walter S. & Arnold Kohlschütter, “Some Spectral Criteria for the Determination of Absolute Stellar Magnitudes,” Ap.J. 40, 385 (1914).

Adams, Walter S., “An A-Type Star of Very Low Luminosity,” PASP 26, 198 (1914). O Eridani B is a white dwarf.

Adams, Walter S., “The Spectrum of the Companion of Sirius,” PASP 27, 236-37 (1915). Sirius B is another white dwarf.

Adams, Walter S., “A Spectroscopic Method of Determining Stellar Parallax,” PASP 28, 61-69 (1916) reprinted in PASP 100, 1027-35 (1988), with modern commentary by R.F. Garrison, PASP 100, 1036-40. This is a summary of a series of papers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2, 143, 147, 152, 157 (all 1916), and beginning with Adams, W.S. & A. Kohlschütter, Ap.J. 40, 385-398 (1914).

Adams, W.S., G. Strömberg, & A.H. Joy, “The Relationship of Absolute Magnitude to Space Velocity,” Ap. J. 54, 9-27 (1921).

Adams, W.S. & A.H. Joy, “The Radial Velocities of 1013 Stars,” Ap. J. 57, 149-76 (1923).

Adams, W.S.,A.H. Joy, & R.F. Sanford, “Ninety-seven Stars with Variable Velocity,” PASP. 36, 137-39 (1924).

Adams, W.S., “An Investigation of the Rotation Period of the Sun by Spectroscopic Methods,” Carnegie Inst. of Wash. Pub. #138, 1-142 (1930).

Adams, Walter S. & Elizabeth MacCormack, “Systematic Displacements of Lines in the Spectra of Certain Bright Stars,” Ap. J. 81, 119-31 (1935).

Adams, Walter S., Alfred H. Joy, Milton L. Humason, & Ada Margaret Brayton, “The Spectroscopic Absolute Magnitudes and Parallaxes of 4179 Stars,” Ap. J. 81, 187 (1935).

Adams, Walter S. & Theodore Dunham, Jr., “Water-Vapor Lines in the Spectrum of Mars,” PASP 49, 209 (1937).

Adams, W.S., “Sunspots and Stellar Distances,” PASP 51, 133-46 (1939).

Adams, Walter S., “Some Results with the Coudé Spectrograph of the Mount Wilson Observatory,” Ap.J. 93, 11-23 (1943).

Adams, Walter S., “The Structure of Interstellar H and K Lines in Fifty Stars,” Ap.J. 97, 105-11 (1943).

Greenstein, Jesse L. & Walter S. Adams, “High-Dispersion Spectra of υ Sagattarii,” Ap.J. 106, 339-57 (1947).

Adams, Walter S., “The Gaseous Clouds of Interstellar Space,” PASP 60, 174-89 (1948) [Henry Norris Russell lecture].

Schwarzschild, M., B. Schwarzschild, & W.S. Adams, “On the Pulsation in the Atmosphere of η Aquilae,” Ap.J. 108, 207-33 (1948).

Adams, Walter S., “Observations of Interstellar H and K, Molecular Lines, and Radial Velocities in the Spectra of 300 O and B Stars.,” Ap.J. 109, 354-79 (1949).

Adams, Walter S., “Notes on the Shell Lines and the Radial Velocity of Alpha Orionis,” Ap.J. 123, 189-200 (1956).

Sandage, Allan, “The Population Concept, Globular Clusters, Subdwarfs, Ages, and the Collapse of the Galaxy,” Ann. Rev. Astron. Astrophys. 24, 421-58 (1986).

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Other Works: Popularizations, History, etc.

Adams, Walter S., “Astronomical Progress During the Past Year,” PASP 39, 194-98 (1927).

Adams, Walter S., “The Past Twenty Years of Physical Astronomy,” Science 67, 637-44 (1928).

Adams, Walter S., “A Great Telescope and Its Possibilities,” Science 69, 1-8 (1929).

Adams, Walter S., “The Astronomer's Measuring Rods,” PASP 41, 195-211 (1929).

Adams, Walter S., “The Atmospheres of the Planets,” Leaflets of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 2, 69-72 (1934) [Leaflet #68].

Adams, Walter S., “The 200-inch Telescope,” JRASC 33, 241-46 (1939).

Adams, Walter S., “What Lies Between the Stars?” PASP 53, 73-83 (1941).

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