James Lick


James Lick

James Lick (25 août 17961er octobre 1876) était un charpentier, fabricant de piano, un propriétaire immobilier, et mécène américain qui tira profit de la ruée vers l'or en Californie. À sa mort, il était l'homme le plus riche de Californie[1].

Buste de James Lick à l'observatoire Lick.

Il a financé la construction d'un observatoire astronomique (observatoire Lick) qui été le premier à être bâti sur une montagne. La dépouille de Lick fut enterrée sur le site de la future lunette astronomique, avec une tablette en laiton portant l'inscription "Ici repose le corps de James Lick".

Notes et références

  1. Beidleman, p. 372

Sources

  • Richard G Beidleman, California's frontier naturalists, Berkeley : University of California Press, 2006. (ISBN 9780520230101)

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