William F. Rigge, S.J., was born September 9, 1857, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He completed his grade school education at St. Xavier College (Cincinnati) in 1870 and joined the Society of Jesus in 1875. As a young scholastic (i.e., a Jesuit who has not completed his final vows), Rigge came to Omaha in 1878 along with Father Roman Shaffel and three other Jesuit scholastics to open the new Creighton College. In 1881 William left Omaha for his theological and academic studies, although he kept in touch with Creighton through correspondence and visits with his older brother Joseph F. Rigge, SJ (who taught science here in from 1885 to 1893). After damaging his eyesight while obtaining a Ph.D. from Georgetown University, William was again assigned to Creighton in 1896 for a distinguished career as a teacher and scientist. His research, much of which involved the Creighton Observatory, was published widely and earned him local and international recognition. Creighton remained his home until his death on March 31, 1927.

Recent Submissions

  • Jesuit Astronomy 

    Rigge, William F., S.J.; Schreiber, John, S.J. (1904)
    First Paragraph: | Part I. The Old Society, 1540-1773 | In the following pages I have attempted to jot down a few notes concerning the Jesuits of the 17th and 18th centuries and their relation to astronomy: I say notes, ...
  • Realm of Science April 20th 1917 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1917)
    First Paragraph: | It has often been said that no astronomer can be an atheist. The scale upon which the universe is built; the endless variety and the infinite number of the visible stars, all of which are self-luminous ...
  • Realm of Science November 20th 1917 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1917)
    First Paragraph: | If there is anything in the realm of the wonderful science of astronomy that commands the admiration of the world, learned as well as unlearned, it is the accuracy with which eclipses are predicted, and ...
  • Realm of Science December 20th 1916 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1916)
    First Paragraph: | The most remarkable eclipse in a certain way that can possibly occur, is the one that will come when we are busily preparing for Christmas, that is, when our clocks show 3 p.m. central time on Christmas ...
  • Realm of Science October 20th 1916 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1916)
    First Paragraph: | About three years ago the United States Naval Observatory at Washington, D. C, and the Observatory of Paris, France, began to exchange wireless time signals in order to determine their difference of ...
  • Realm of Science October 20th 1917 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1917)
    First Paragraph: | The term nebula (plural nebulae) is a Latin word meaning a cloud. It is applied by astronomers to a class of heavenly bodies that look like shining clouds with patches or regions of brighter or fainter ...
  • Realm of Science March 20th 1918 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1918)
    First Paragraph: | On next June 8th, a considerable section of the United States will enjoy a celestial spectacle for which astronomers often travel halfway round the earth. This will be a total eclipse of the sun, when ...
  • Realm of Science January 20th 1917 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1917)
    First Paragraph: | The American Association for the Advancement of Science is the largest scientific society in America. It was established in 1848 and numbers over eleven thousand members. Its presidents have been the ...
  • Realm of Science May 20th 1918 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1918)
    First Paragraph: | The most wonderful and unique geographical wonder of the world in its own line has lately been discovered in Alaska. It is called the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, because from innumerable vents of all ...
  • Realm of Science January 20th 1915 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1915)
    First Paragraph: | Among the many beliefs that are firmly rooted in the public mind is the one that it rains after every big battle. As the exact interval between the battle and the rain is a matter of no consequence, it ...
  • Realm of Science November 20th 1914 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1914)
    First Paragraph: | The latest volume of the Annals of the Zo-se Observatory in Zi-ka-wei, near Shanghai in China, was received recently and is more than usually interesting. It is for the year 1911, and consists of four ...
  • Realm of Science March 20th 1914 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1914)
    First Paragraph: | The wonderful diversity of genius that is shown by writers in scientific journals, is at times intensely astonishing. While one astronomer, for example, not proficient in the higher mathematics, will ...
  • Realm of Science December 20th 1913 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1913)
    First Paragraph: | While wireless telegraphy may justly be called one of the greatest inventions of our day, its use has spread so rapidly and its manipulation is mastered by so many youthful amateurs, that it behooves ...
  • Realm of Science February 20th 1914 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1914)
    First Paragraph: | The American Association for the Advancement of Science held its sixty-fifth annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, from December 29, 1913, to January 3, 1914. The Astronomical and Astrophysical Society of ...
  • Realm of Science February 20th 1916 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1916)
    First Paragraph: | A short time ago when the writer of these lines was A called to the telephone, a female voice inquired: "What are the signs of the zodiac going to be tomorrow ?" "What are the signs of the zodiac going ...
  • Realm of Science October 20th 1915 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1915)
    First Paragraph: | The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest scientific organization in the country, which generally holds an annual meeting during Christmas week in some large city in the United ...
  • Realm of Science November 20th 1913 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1913)
    First Paragraph: | Wireless telegraphy possesses a peculiar charm of its own. To be able to send and receive messages without any apparent medium of communication, seems intensely marvelous. Even if one has become accustomed ...
  • Realm of Science January 20th 1914 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1914)
    First Paragraph: | Professor W.J. Humphreys, of the United States Weather Bureau, one of our leading meteorologists, has a very instructive article on "Holes in the Air" in the Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution ...
  • Realm of Science October 20th 1912 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1912)
    First Paragraph: | The editor has an article under the title "Why Is the Moon!" in St. Michael's Almanac for 1913. Its object is to show the great benefits conferred upon the earth by our moon. After mentioning the amount, ...
  • Realm of Science January 20th 1913 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1913)
    First Paragraph: | The latter part of November the Observatory was honored by the presence of G. D. Swezey, professor of astronomy in the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. As he was on the point of replacing his own small ...

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