[Anna Estelle Glancy collection]


1 case ; 28 x 12 x 22 cm.
Anna Estelle Glancy was born in 1883. A 1905 graduate of Wellesley with an A.B. in mathematics, she received her Ph. D from the University of California at Berkeley in astronomy in 1913. She began her career as an assistant astronomer with the Argentine National Observatory in Cordoba Argentina, returning to the United States at the beginning of World War I. She was a research scientist at American Optical in Southbridge, Massachusetts for over 30 years. As a mathematician she worked on numerous AO lens designs, and was responsible for performing the many complex mathematical calculations involved in ophthalmic optics. Her research work earned her 13 patents between 1929 and 1945. In 1946 she published a paper on "Practical Methods of Computing Finite Throw Schmidt Systems". She has, it is estimated, computed formulas from which over a million lenses have been made. In 1950 she was hailed as the only woman lens designer in the world. Dr. Glancy died in 1975 at the age of 91.
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, photocopies of items relating to the life and career of Anna Estelle Glancy. Includes: photocopy of ms by Dr. Glancy on her life from 1918 to 1951 dated Sept. 1952; copies of published articles by Dr. Glancy including "On the theory and computation of an aspherical surface"; photocopies of Wellesley Class of 1905 Record books and alumnae information sheets; copies of her obituaries.

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