Cornell History: Estevan Fuertes dies
January 16, 1903
Estevan Fuertes dies. He was Cornell’s first dean and professor of civil engineering (and father of famed ornithologist Louis Agassiz Fuertes, Class of 1897). He led the construction of Cornell’s first observatory (located on the Arts Quad) and is the namesake of the current (and fourth) Fuertes Observatory built in 1917. Using astronomical observations, Fuertes monitored the accuracy of the McGraw Tower’s clock in its early years.