Portraits of Samuel Pierpont Langley, circa 1890-1906
Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
5 negatives : glass
Samuel Pierpont Langley (1834-1906) was an astronomer, physicist, and inventor and served as secretary of the Smithsonian from 1887-1906. Born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, Langley graduated from Boston High School in 1851 and sought a career in astronomy. After touring observatories and laboratories in Europe, he was hired as an assistant at the Harvard Observatory. Over the next two decades, Langley worked to reestablish the US Naval Academy Observatory, taught at the Western University of Pennsylvania, and acted as director of the Allegheny Observatory. In 1886, Langley was appointed the Smithsonian's assistant secretary in charge of international exchanges, the library, and publications, under then-secretary Spencer Fullerton Baird. Upon Baird's death, Langley succeeded him as secretary. During his tenure, Langley helped establish the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, National Zoo, and Freer Gallery of Art.
Portraits of Samuel Pierpont Langley, probably made by a Smithsonian photographer.
Photo lot 73-26E, Portraits of Samuel Pierpont Langley, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution