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.

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  • 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 ...
  • 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 March 20th 1913 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1913)
    First Paragraph: | Popular Astronomy for March contains two short articles by Professor Eigge on the total eclipse of the moon on March 22nd and the partial eclipse of the sun of April 6th, as they will appear in the United ...
  • Realm of Science October 20th 1913 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1913)
    First Paragraph: | Three very important scientific meetings have lately been held in Europe. The first was that of the International Union for Solar Research which was convened in Bonn, Germany, from July 30th to August ...
  • Realm of Science April 20th 1913 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1913)
    First Paragraph: | The Woolworth Building, now nearing completion in New York City, is the highest building ever erected on earth. Its top is 785 feet above the sidewalk, and its foundation is 120 feet below it, so that ...
  • Realm of Science May 20th 1913 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1913)
    First Paragraph: | The National Geographic Magazine for February has an interesting and richly illustrated article on the eruption, of Katmai Volcano in Alaska on June 6, 1912. Although fortunately not a single life was ...
  • Realm of Science February 20th 1913 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1913)
    First Paragraph: | The American Association for the Advancement of Science held its 64th annual meeting in Cleveland during the week beginning Monday, December 30, 1912.
  • Realm of Science November 20th 1912 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1912)
    First Paragraph: | Cloudy weather prevented the observation in Omaha of of two interesting astronomical events. The first, on September 15th, was the passage of Jupiter and his moons very close to the 4.5 magnitude star, ...
  • Realm of Science January 20th 1916 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1916)
    First Paragraph: | The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in Arizona is unquestionably one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. It is altogether unique in its kind, in its grandeur and in its magnificence, and ...
  • Realm of Science April 20th 1916 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1916)
    First Paragraph: | The reform of our present calendar is a subject on which probably more printers’ ink has been wasted during recent years than on any other. Each scheme proposed—and there are at least seventy-two of them, ...
  • Realm of Science December 20th 1917 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1917)
    First Paragraph: | A short time ago a little boy about ten years old asked me this question, “What makes the stars shine!” I dare say that most of us would feel somewhat puzzled in an attempt to give a simple and satisfactory ...
  • Realm of Science March 20th 1916 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1916)
    First Paragraph: | Accustomed as we have been all our lives, and our fathers as well for many centuries, to give the month of February 28 days in common years and 29 days in leap years, what would we say to such a date as ...
  • Realm of Science December 20th 1914 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1914)
    First Paragraph: | Hon. John A. McShane has lately presented the Scientific Department with a most valuable selection of lantern slides. He had bought them several years ago while on his trip around the world. As he has ...
  • Realm of Science February 20th 1915 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1915)
    First Paragraph: | The squaring of the circle is without doubt the most important problem that has ever occupied the attention of mathematicians of all grades. Its history says Glaisher, is almost the history of mathematics ...
  • Realm of Science April 20th 1915 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1915)
    First Paragraph: | That astronomy habitually deals with numbers, distances and quantities that stagger our ordinary imagination, is a fact now quite universally conceded by the general reader. While he is favorably disposed ...
  • Realm of Science February 20th 1918 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1918)
    First Paragraph: | The title of this article may strike the reader as odd, and too elementary for a university magazine. I am sure, however, that before he has got well into the subject, he will find it greater than he had ...
  • Realm of Science May 20th 1915 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1915)
    First Paragraph: | Natural science does not and cannot lay claim to the actual possession of all truth even in its own individual and specific field. But it does with full justice seek every particle of the truth and when ...
  • Realm of Science November 20th 1916 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (2016)
    First Paragraph: | The great and marvelous discoveries that have lately been made in the heavens, and the continued increase in the size and perfection of our instruments, have given birth in the minds of astronomers to ...
  • Realm of Science December 20th 1915 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1915)
    First Paragraph: | When the Lick Observatory was about to be built, astronomers were for the first time given unlimited liberty in every detail, in its equipment as well as its location with the merely nominal restriction, ...
  • Realm of Science January 20th 1918 

    Rigge, William F., S.J. (1918)
    First Paragraph: | In a recent number, l’Astronomie, the official journal of the Societe Astronomique de France, mentions the case of a French soldier who though captured by the Germans, contrived to escape from his prison. ...

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