Clarence Chant

Astronomer, Academic

1865 – 1956

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Who was Clarence Chant?

Clarence Augustus Chant was a Canadian astronomer and physicist.

He was born in Hagermans Corners, Ontario to Christopher Chant and Elizabeth Croft. In 1882 he attended Markham High School, where he demonstrated a mathematical ability. After graduation he attended St. Catherines Collegiate Institute and York County Model School in Toronto. He left to work as an instructor in 1884, and taught at Maxwell, Osprey Township for the following three years.

By 1887 he began studying mathematics and physics at the University College of the University of Toronto. Upon graduation in 1890 he became a civil servant in Ottawa, working as a temporary clerk in the office of the Auditor General. Due to the limited prospects his stay at this job was brief, however, and in 1891 he was offered a fellowship at University of Toronto, where he gained an appointment as a lecturer of physics the following year.

While working at the university he became interested in astronomy, and in 1892 he joined what would become the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He served as president of the organization from 1904 until 1907, and also performed editing duties for the society's journal until 1956. He also contributed articles to the journal and the annual Observer's Handbook.

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May 31, 1865
Hagermans Corners, Ontario
Also known as
  • Clarence Augustus Chant
  • Canada
  • University of Toronto
  • Harvard University
Lived in
  • Toronto
Nov 18, 1956

on July 23, 2013


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