Instant Science from Historic Spectra
Dr. Elizabeth Griffin, an esteemed astronomer at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, recently contributed a forum post about her analysis of hundreds of spectra from the 1956 and 1983 eclipses.
The following bio for Dr. Griffin is from this abstract to a talk about data security she gave in Maerch, 2011:
Dr. Elizabeth Griffin has a first degree in Astronomy, and trained as a stellar spectroscopist at Cambridge (UK) for her Ph.D. She specializes in binary stars which show “composite” spectra, and has developed a method to determine the masses of the component stars quite precisely. Her early post-doctoral work involved extensive use of photography, thus qualifying her to lead an International Astronomical Union Working Group on “Preservation and Digitization of Photographic Plates”. She now lives and works in Victoria, BC.