We present a report of work in progress of our research in the popularization done by Joaquín Gallo, astronomer and director of the National Observatory in Mexico (OAN) from 1914 to 1947. We focus on one question to guide our research: What was Gallo’s motivation for his work in popularization? We find many answers. Gallo did popularization to give Mexican astronomy a wider public recognition and support. He also did it for the public, as there was a demand for information. Finally, he believed this would make Mexico a better nation.

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Joaquin gallo
A mexican popularizer of astronomy(1914-1947)

Susana Biro   UNAM

Gisela Mateos   UNAM

We present a report of work in progress of our research in the popularization done by Joaquín Gallo, astronomer and director of the National Observatory in Mexico (OAN) from 1914 to 1947. We focus on one question to guide our research: What was Gallo’s motivation for his work in popularization? We find many answers. Gallo did popularization to give Mexican astronomy a wider public recognition and support. He also did it for the public, as there was a demand for information. Finally, he believed this would make Mexico a better nation.

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