John Ellard Gore FRAS, MRIA (1845-1910) was an Irish amateur astronomer and prolific author of popular astronomy books. His main observational interest was variable stars, of which he discovered several, and he served as the first Director of the BAA Variable Star Section. He was also interested in binary stars, leading him to calculate the orbital elements of many such systems. He demonstrated that the companion of Sirius, thought by many to be a dark body, was in fact self-luminous. In doing so he provided the first indication of the enormous density of what later became known as white dwarfs.
Journal of the British Astronomical Association
- Pub Date:
- April 2013
- Biographical: Gore;
- Physics - History and Philosophy of Physics;
- Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics
- 43 pages, 23 figures. Accepted for publication in the Journal of the British Astronomical Association