US astronomer who established the Harvard College Observatory as a centre of astronomical research. Much of his work as done in collaboration with his son George Phillips Bond. He also designed chronometers.
Bond was born in Falmouth, Maine, and worked as a watchmaker. An amateur
astronomer, he was one of the independent observers who discovered the
comet of 1811. He was commissioned by Harvard College to investigate
the equipment at observatories in England during a trip he made there
in 1815, and in 1839 Harvard invited him to move his private observatory
into their premises. Bond thus became the first director of the Harvard
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