By Françoise Launay
A physicist and an inventor, Jules Janssen (1824-1907) committed his existence to astronomical study. He spent a long time touring worldwide to watch overall sunlight eclipses, demonstrating new period of technology had simply come due to using either spectroscopy and images, and persuading the French govt of the need of founding a brand new observatory close to Paris. He grew to become its director in 1875. There, at Meudon, he started regimen photographic recordings of the solar floor and had a huge refractor and an immense reflector equipped. in the meantime, he additionally succeeded in construction an Observatory on the summit of Mont-Blanc.
The tale of this untiring and obdurate globe-trotter is enriched via extracts of the unpublished correspondence along with his spouse. possible therefore comprehend why Henriette frequently complained of the solitude within which she was once left through her peripatetic husband: “There are males who depart their other halves for mistresses; you do it for journeys!” ...
Basking within the glow of his luck, Janssen was once in a position to adopt the development of the nice astrophysical observatory of which he had dreamed. It used to be at Meudon that he had it built.