Ruth Josephine Northcott

Title:  Ruth Josephine Northcott fonds

Date(s) of creation: 1953-1968

Physical description:  0.6 metres of graphic and textual records

Admin. history/Biographical Sketch: 
Ruth J. Northcott was born in 1913 at Solina, Ontario, the daughter of Alice Campbell and George J.N. Northcott.   She graduated from the University of Toronto in 1934 with a Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in mathematics and physics.  At that time she waas awarded the Ramsay Scholarship for highest aggregate standing in experimental physics.  and earned her Master's degree in Astronomy in 1935.  On the opening of the David Dunlap Observatory in 1935, she was appointed to the staff as research assistant.  In 1944 she was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Astronomy.

In 1942 she was the first woman elected as chair of the Royal Astronomical Society, and re-elected in 1943.  Miss Northcott's research interest was in stellar radial velocities and in the solution of spectroscopic binary orbits.  Her published work in these fields was recognized in 1952 by election to membership in the International Astronomical Union.  Upon the death of Dr. Frank Hogg in 1951 she became Dr. Chant's Assistant Edtior of the Journal  and  the Handbook of the Toronto Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. When Dr. Chant died in 1956, she succeeded him as editor.  She died at the age of 56 on July 29, 1969.

Scope and content

Records accumulated by Ruth Northcott, largely in her capacity as a member of the executive committee of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and as editor of its "Journal". Included are minutes of meetings, correspondence, notes, research data, drafts of articles and addresses, announcements, press clippings, and photoprints.

Access/Use: Open

Finding aids: Finding aid available in the Reading Room.

Related records in a different fonds: Helen Battles Sawyer Hogg

Accruals:   Further accruals not expected.

Corresponding accessions: B1981-0031