Russell W. Porter

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Date of Birth December 13, 1871
Place of Birth Vermont
Date of Death Feb 22, 1949 (77)
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Russell Williams Porter was an American artist, engineer, amateur astronomer and explorer. He was a pioneer in the field of "cutaway illustration" and is sometimes referred to as the "founder" or one of the "founders" of amateur telescope making."

About Russell W. Porter

One of founders of amateur astronomy and telescope making, who built up interest in backyard sky observations through his club, the Springfield Telescope Makers. He also did the preliminary designs for the famous Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles California.

Before Fame

He was an arctic explorer in his youth, in several expeditions to Greenland and the North Pole.


He started a class to teach others how to make their own telescopes at home, creating with his students an amateur astronomer club they called Stellafane.

Family Life

He was born in Springfield, Vermont.


His and other amateur astronomers' observations helped professional astronomers like David Rittenhouse.

Information related to Russell W. Porter

  • Stellafane Observatory - Stellafane is the name of the clubhouse built by the Springfield Telescope Makers club of Springfield, Vermont in the early 1920s, and has since come to refer to the club's land and buildings on the summit of Breezy Hill.
  • Griffith Observatory , designed by Russell W. Porter.
  • John M. Pierce - John M. Pierce was an American teacher and amateur astronomer.
  • Palomar Observatory
  • American polar explorers
  • Amateur astronomers
  • Norwich University alumni
  • Opticians
  • 20th-century astronomers
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