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About Ann Arbor, Michigan

Educational Institution

Ann Arbor is the home of the University of Michigan, which was established in the city in 1837. As the dominant institution of higher learning in the city, the university provides Ann Arbor with a distinct college-town atmosphere. The university shapes Ann Arbor's economy significantly as it employs about 30,000 workers, including about 7,500 in the medical center.The city's economy is also centered on high-technology, with several companies drawn to the area by the university's research and development money, and by its graduates.


As of the 2000 census, there were 114,024 people, 45,693 households, and 21,704 families residing in the city


The average daily temperatures in July ranges between lows of 62 degrees and highs of 84 degrees, however, summer temperatures can top 90 degrees. Average monthly precipitation ranges from 2 to 4 inches, with the heaviest occurring during the summer months. 

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Michigan Scientists

John Howard Hubbell (1925 - March 31, 2007) was an American radiation physicist born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was on the staff of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (formerly National Bureau of Standards) from 1950 until 1988, when he retired. He remained a contractor to NIST until his death in 2007. He was a founder and past president of the International Radiation Physics Society.

Edward Israel (1859-1884) was an astronomer and Polar explorer born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan, where he studied astronomy. One month before graduation, he was nominated to serve as the astronomer on an official US expedition to the Arctic. Israel received the assignment of collecting astronomical, magnetic and meteorological data. Unfortunately, Israel did not survive the ill-fated journey and his body was returned to Kalamazoo where he was given full honors from the city. In 1972, the state of Michigan erected an historical marker commemorating Israel at the site of his grave.


Some photos courtesy Ann Arbor Area CVB and Prof. Jens Zorn