HE WAS THE FIRST TO PHOTOGRAPH THE TRANSIT OF VENUS, HE BUILT OBSERVATORIES, LED IMPORTANT ASTRONOMICAL EXPEDITIONS, AND AUTHORED SEVERAL SCIENCE BOOKS
DAVID PECK TODD (1855-1939) SIGNED QUOTE, “David Todd/Observatory/Amherst, Mass./29th Oct. 1907”, on a card 3 x 4, by the American astronomer who created the first known photographs of the Transit of Venus in 1882. From 1881-1917 he was a professor of astronomy and director of the observatory at Amherst College, and for several years was also professor of astronomy and higher mathematics at nearby Smith College. Todd designed and erected several observatories, including those at Smith College and Amherst College. He was the organizer and leader of a number of important astronomical expeditions, including several to Japan to observe the solar eclipse, for which the emperor of Japan presented him with an award for services in the cause of education in Japan. He is also the author of several books on astronomy. His handwritten quote, in full: “Contemplated as one grand whole, Astronomy is the most beautiful monument of the human mind, the noblest record of its intelligence – La Place.” The card is in fine condition, with minor age toning.