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William Herbert Steavenson
He lost the vision in his right eye in a childhood accident. In September 1911, while still a schoolboy, he independently discovered the comet C/1911 S2 , but unfortunately for him he did not check his photograph quickly enough and credit went to Ferdinand Quénisset. Nevertheless, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in January 1912.
He chose medicine as his profession and became a surgeon, but pursued astronomy his entire life and was a skilled observer. He concentrated on variable stars, planets and their satellites, and comets, and also observed the remnants of old novae like Nova Persei 1901 .
- QJRAS 18 (1977) 147
- JBAA 86 (1976) 386– 390
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