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George Ellery Hale: Solar Physics and Related Inventions, 1927

Greater Worth

Two days after graduating from MIT, George Hale married Evlina S. Conklin; they honeymooned in California where he visited the Lick Observatory and then returned home to his Kenwood Central Laboratory to devote himself to solar research and some teaching at Beliot College where his father had endowed a chair in science instruction. He hired an assistant, the photographer Ferdinand Ellerman, who became a lifelong collaborator. Then he set out to visit astronomers and observatories throughout Europe to promote his conviction that greater worth came from astronomical data and observations shared among the world fraternity of scientists rather than isolated with astronomers pursuing their individual interests.