George Ellery Hale (June 29, 1868 – February 21, 1938) was an American solar astronomer, best known for his discovery of magnetic fields in sunspots, and as the leader or key figure in the planning or construction of several world-leading telescopes:
- the 40-inch refracting telescope at Yerkes Observatory
- 60-inch Hale reflecting telescope at Mount Wilson Observatory
- 100-inch Hooker reflecting telescope at Mount Wilson
- the 200-inch Hale reflecting telescope at Palomar Observatory
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Like buried treasures, the outposts of the universe have beckoned to the adventurous from immemorial times. Princes and potentates, political or industrial, equally with men of science, have felt the lure of the uncharted seas of space, and through their provision of instrumental means the sphere of exploration has made new discoveries and brought back permanent additions to our knowledge of the heavens.