He was born in Scotland but emigrated to Canada at the age of five. He grew up in Victoria, British Columbia and studied physics and mathematics at the University of British Columbia. He began working summer jobs at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory and became fascinated with astronomy.
He extensively studied spectroscopic binaries.
|Robert Methven Petrie|
May 15, 1906|
St Andrews, Scotland
|Died||April 8, 1966
Victoria, British Columbia
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
|Awards||Henry Marshall Tory Medal (1961)|
|Institutions||Dominion Astrophysical Observatory|