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Wallace Morrell Hill, magnetic observer in the Coast and Geodetic Survey for over 27 years, died on October 18, at the age of 63. Mr. Hill was born at Elizabeth, New Jersey. He received the degree of Master of Education from Stevens Institute in 1889, and after several years devoted to teaching and writing on topics related to electrical and mechanical engineering, he entered the service of the Coast and Geodetic Survey as a magnetic observer on March 10, 1904. He took an active part in the magnetic field of the United States then in progress, and in the next 10 years made magnetic observations in practically every state in the Union. In later years much of his time was devoted to observations at repeat stations all over the United States for the determination of the change of the earth's magnetism with lapse of time. In 1912 and 1913, he made a magnetic survey of the Philippine Islands, which involved considerable danger and hardship because of difficulties of transportation prevailing at that time. In 1924 and 1925, he made repeated observations at a considerable number of stations in those islands. During a period of 7 years in all he was in charge of magnetic observations in Puerto Rico and the Hawaiian Islands. During these many years Mr. Hill devoted himself whole-heartedly to the proper execution of every piece of work to which he was assigned, and the results bear witness to the success of his efforts.


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