BEQUEST BY PROFESSOR ROTCH
BLUE HILL OBSERVATORY AND ITS EQUIPMENT BEQUEATHED TO UNIVERSITY.
The will of Professor Abbott Lawrence Rotch h.'91, who died last Saturday, was filed for probate yesterday. By the provisions of this will the Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory, the buildings associated with it, and all equipment go to the University. Professor Rotch also bequeathed the sum of $50,000 to be held in trust for the main-tenance of the Observatory. The will contained no other public bequests.
Professor Rotch founded the Meteorological Observatory in 1885 and has since maintained it. Blue Hill, under his directorship, attained a very high place in the scientific world. The Kiel and Harvard Observatories have been selected as centres for the announcement of astronomical discoveries. Discoveries made in America are telegraphed to Blue Hill, from there to Kiel, and thence to all the principal observatories of Europe. As a result of Professor Rotch's investigations, many important discoveries of the phenomena of the air have been made at the Observatory.