William Cranch Bond

William Cranch Bond
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William Cranch Bond
Born9 September 1789
Falmouth, Maine, Maine, United States
Died29 January 1859 (aged 69)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, Massachusetts, United States
NationalityUnited States
Known forHyperion
Scientific career
InstitutionsHarvard College Observatory

William Cranch Bond (9 September 1789 – 29 January 1859) was an American astronomer, and the first director of Harvard College Observatory.


William Cranch Bond was born in Falmouth, Maine (near Portland) on September 9, 1789. When he was young, his father, William Bond, established himself as a clockmaker after a failed business venture; trained by his father and aided by his penchant for engineering, W. C. Bond built his first clock when he was fifteen years old. He eventually took over his father’s business, becoming an expert clockmaker himself. The William Bond clock shop remained in existence at 9 Park Street in Boston until the 1970s.[citation needed].

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