Prof Hubert Anson Newton FRS HFRSE (19 March 1830 – 12 August 1896), usually cited as H. A. Newton, was an American astronomer and mathematician, noted for his research on meteors.

H. A. Newton
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Hubert Anson Newton, around 1879
Born(1830-03-19)19 March 1830
Died12 August 1896(1896-08-12) (aged 66)
New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Alma materYale University
Known forScience of meteors
AwardsSmith gold medal
Scientific career
FieldsAstronomer and mathematician
InstitutionsYale University
Academic advisorsMichel Chasles[1]
Doctoral studentsE. H. Moore
Josiah Willard Gibbs
Charles Newton Little
Arthur W. Wright
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Newton was born at Sherburne, New York, and graduated from Yale in 1850 with a B.A. The Mathematics Genealogy Project lists his advisor as Michel Chasles. In 1855, he was appointed professor of mathematics at Yale. The study of the laws of meteors and of comets and their interrelation was his chief labor. He attempted to contribute to the theory advanced by Denison Olmsted of Yale in 1833 that meteors were a part of a mass of bodies moving round the sun in a fixed orbit.

In 1861, he supervised the work of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences in regard to the August and November meteors. He became a worldwide authority on the subjects of meteors and comets. He won the Smith gold medal from the National Academy of Sciences, was elected an associate of the Royal Astronomical Society of London, served as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1885), and was foreign member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Many of his papers on meteors were published in the Memoirs of the National Academy, the Journal of Science, and the American Journal of Science.


In 1859 he married Miss Stiles.[2]

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  1. ^ "Hubert Anson Newton" – National Academy of Sciences
  2. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.

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