Jun. 28, 1865 Gladstone Somerset County New Jersey, USA
Aug. 17, 1950 Hunterdon County New Jersey, USA
Conrad Apgar Lineage #10.14.4.3
Obituary: Mr Charles Emory Apgar
Mr Charles Emory Apgar who for a number of years furnished tables of the satellites of Jupiter for our Observer's Handbook and for the Journal, died on August 17,1950 in Westfield, Union County, New Jersey.
Mr Apgar was eighty-five yearrs old at the time of his death. He was a graduate of Wesleyan Unversity, Middletown, Connecticut. For manuy years he was engaged in financial work-insurance and brokerage-in New York City. His hobbies included radio and astronomy.
He was among the pioneers in amateur radio. During World War I he was instrumental in detecting and exposing secret German radio signals, broadcast from Long Island station. These had been supplying enemy submarines with coded data on allied ship movements.
In astronomy he took great interest in popularization of the subject, by writing and by working with amateur groups. For the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada each year he prepared the "Phenomena of Jupiter's Satellites". for the Observers Handbook. He also developed a graphical scheme for following the motions of the satalites, from which he prepared tables for the Journal. These gave dates on which all Jupiter's satellites appeared on one side of the planet and the dates on which Jupiter would apparently be accompanied by only one satellite. Invariably Mr Apgar's neat and accurate copy was the first item to arrive for each succeeding years Handbook.
The editors had never known Mr Apgar personally, yet his occasional letters to us we found most stimulating. He thoroughly enjoyed his astronomical hobby, genuinely worked at it and was always appreciative of the purposes and efforts of our society. His widow and his daughter, Dr Virginia Apgar, of Columbia Unversity have kindly presented a number of his books to the library of the Dunlap Observatory.
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Wayne Apgar Added: Jan. 16, 2009