Leslie C. Peltier

Leslie C. Peltier (HM1B1L)

Location: Delphos, OH 45833 Van Wert County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 50.615', W 84° 20.555'

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A farm boy with a tenth grade education, Leslie Peltier, born near Delphos in 1900, achieved fame as one of the most famous astronomers of the twentieth century. In 1916, he raised $18 dollars by picking 900 quarts of strawberries on his father's farm in order to purchase his first telescope. His stargazing abilities led Harvard Observatory's Dr. Harlow Shapley to proclaim him "the world's greatest non-professional astronomer." During his 65 years of stargazing, Leslie Peltier discovered 12 comets and two novae and made 132,000 variable star observations. Peltier made his discoveries on his homemade "merry-go-round" observatory that rotated on a child's merry-go-round track and housed the optics from a 6-inch, f/8 telescope on loan from Princeton University. To recognize his achievements, the Astronomical League created the annual Leslie C. Peltier Award in 1980 to recognize an amateur astronomer who contributed to astronomy observations of lasting significance.
HM NumberHM1B1L
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number5-81
Year Placed2003
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, the Longaberger Company, People of Delphos, and the Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 5:23am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 724032 N 4524792
Decimal Degrees40.84358333, -84.34258333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 50.615', W 84° 20.555'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 50' 36.90" N, 84° 20' 33.30" W
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Area Code(s)419, 567
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301-399 W 2nd St, Delphos OH 45833, US
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