Astronomy was already a part of Indiana University’s curriculum when the first class graduated in 1830. Students were expected to master mathematics, mechanics, astronomy, physics, and geography. From 1837 until 1886, Theophilus Wylie taught astronomy to generations of IU students. Wylie was a half-cousin of IU President Andrew Wylie, the first president of Indiana University.
Citation: Indiana Alumni Magazine, volume 2, number 6, March 1940. Article by Professor Chauncey Sanders, “Examining the Work in Astronomy at Indiana University”