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6-13-1865

Sir William Rowan Hamilton became the first Foreign Associate of U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Only three months before his death, Hamilton received a letter from the American astronomer, Benjamin Gould, informing him that the newly created NAS had elected him first on its list of Foreign Associates, thereby signifying that the Academy considered him the greatest living scientist.

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William Rowan Hamilton
Benjamin Gould
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Tuesday, June 13, 1865

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