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 (pĭk′ər-ĭng), Edward Charles 1846-1919.
American astronomer noted for his work on stellar photometry. His brother William Henry Pickering (1858-1938) discovered Phoebe, the ninth moon of Saturn (1899), and predicted the existence of Pluto (1919).
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1. (Biography) Edward Charles. 1846–1919, US astronomer, who invented the meridian photometer
2. (Biography) his brother, William Henry. 1858–1938, US astronomer, who discovered Phoebe, the ninth satellite of Saturn, and predicted (1919) the existence and position of Pluto
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(ˈpɪk ər ɪŋ, ˈpɪk rɪŋ)

Edward Charles, 1846–1919, and his brother, William Henry, 1858–1938, U.S. astronomers.
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Do you know Colonel Pickering, the author of Spoken Sanscrit?
PICKERING [with enthusiasm] I came from India to meet you.
THE FLOWER GIRL [to Pickering, as he passes her] Buy a flower, kind gentleman.
His name is Dudley Pickering, and he made a fortune in automobiles.
Colonel Timothy Pickering, with thirty or forty militia-men, prevented the English colonel, Leslie, with four times as many regular soldiers, from taking possession of some military stores.
Southpaw Martinez, making his first defence of the title, had mixed in a much higher class than Pickering and is well schooled in the tough American rings.
Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering began talks Friday with Pakistani officials on bilateral relations, Pakistan-India relations and issues of mutual interest, including the disputed Kashmir region and Afghanistan, Foreign Ministry officials said.
Pickering's group examined a specimen that consists of nine pieces of cranium and jaw.
Pickering, born in Salem, Massachusetts, was attached to the legations in Lisbon and London and then returned to the United States and was admitted to the bar.
In addition to her husband, James, she is survived by two daughters, Jamie Parish of Harrisburg and Stacey (Randy) Milligan of Harrisburg; five grandchildren, Amberlea (Jeremy) of Marion, Linsay (Matt) Wood of Ledbetter, Ky., Mason (Erin) Milligan of Lexington, S.C., James Dallas Walker of Brookport, IL and Matthew Milligan of Harrisburg; four great-grandchildren, Sabastion Fasolo of Harrisburg, Xander Fasolo of Ledbetter, Ky., Harlea Hull of Ledbetter, Ky., and Skylynne Walker of Harrisburg; one sister-in-law, Peggy Pickering of Harrisburg; special friends Jeff, Paula and Justin Fulkerson of Harrisburg; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also sentenced to nine years for the wounding with intent of Lennon Pickering, and seven for the wounding of John Pickering.
3, 1940 in Saline County to the late Theodore and Mable Jane (Ozee) Pickering.