Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Upton, Winslow

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UPTON, Winslow, astronomer, b. in Salem, Mass., 12 Oct., 1853, and was graduated at Brown university. He was an assistant at the Harvard observatory for several years, then assistant engineer of the U. S. lake survey, and later computor of the U. S. naval observatory and of the U. S. signal service. He was a member of the U. S. eclipse expeditions of 1878 and 1883, also of two private expeditions sent out in 1887 and 1889, and in 1896-'7 was attached to the southern station of Harvard university at Arequipa, Peru. He was appointed professor of astronomy at Brown in 1883, and by permission of the university authorities accompanied the above-mentioned expeditions, being given leave of absence.