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Last NameCommon    
Given NameAndrew Ainslee    
alt. NamesA. A. C.;     
Marriagein 1867 in London    
Year born1841 in Newcastle upon Tyne    
Year died1903    
Place of deathEaling, then still outside London    
Father's occupationsurgeon Thomas Common, known for his treatment of cataract, (1xxx - c. 1844)    
Relativessanitary engineer Matthew Hall    
Educationapprentice in the sanitary comp. of his uncle Matthew Hall & Co., London, where he worked until 1890    
Country of ActivityEngland, UK    
Worked forsee http://museumvictoria.com.au/collections/items/732419/photograph-reflecting-telescope-erected-by-andrew-ainslie-common-astronomer-ealing-england-circa-1880 ;    
PatronageRoyal Astronomical Society, London (member since 1876, Gold medal 1884, president 1895-96); Fellow of the Royal Society, London (1885)    
Techniquesastronomical photography; pioneer of astrophotography of Nebulae; gelatin plate photography of the moon & plants     
Sample(s)http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Orion-Nebula_A_A_Common.jpg ; http://museumvictoria.com.au/collections/items/732419/    
Archival sourceslist of his publ.: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-abs_connect?db_key=AST&db_key=PRE&qform=AST&arxiv_sel=astro-ph&arxiv_sel=cond-mat&arxiv_sel=c    
Published sourcesH.H. Turner: The Observatory 26 (1903): 304-308; Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 64 (1903): 274;Th.Hockey: Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers, 2009; D. Malin & P. Murdin: Colours of the Stars, Cambridge 1984:28f., 61;    
othersince 1876 owner of a 5.5 inch telescope, since 1877 18 inch reflector, since 1879 36 inch reflector, since 1885 60 inch Newtonian reflector; important amateur astronomer & astrophotographer. After Common's death the telescope with its two 60 inch mirrors & optics were purchased by Harvard Coll.Obs    

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