Biography of Dascom Greene
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Greene, Dascom, was born in Richmond, Ontario county, N. Y., June 15, 1825. He is of New England descent, his ancestors for five generations having been residents of Worcester county, Mass. His preliminary education was received in the schools of Western New York, and he entered the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the autumn of 1851, graduating two years later. He served two years as assistant in mathematics, and thirty eight years as professor of mathematics and astronomy in the institute. He resigned his chair in the summer of 1893, and was made professor emeritus. He also acted as librarian of the institute from 1864 until he resigned his professorship. In November, 1874, Professor Greene was elected professor of mathematics and astronomy in Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa., but declined to accept the appointment, and the following year he was informally offered and declined a professorship of mathematics at Cornell University. At the time of the erection of the Williams Proudfit Memorial Observatory in 1877, Professor Greene was charged with the duty of preparing plans and superintending the construction of the building, and in this connection he devised the improved method of constructing domes for astronomical observatories by covering them with paper. A dome of this kind was placed on the Proudfit Observatory, and others have since been built for the observatory of the United States Military Academy at West Point, that of Columbia College, New York, and of other institutions. Professor Greene has published text books on Spherical and Practical Astronomy, and on the Integral Calculus, besides occasional papers in various scientific and educational journals. In 1859 he married Sara Irene Parsons of Utica, N. Y., who died in 1861, leaving a son, William, who died in 1864. In 1866 he married Elvira. daughter of the late Jairus Dickerman of Troy.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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