Directors of HCO

  • William Cranch Bond 1839–1859
  • George Philips Bond 1859–1865
  • Joseph Winlock 1866–1875
  • Edward Pickering 1877–1919
  • Solon Bailey 1919–1921 (acting)
  • Harlow Shapley 1921–1952
  • Donald Menzel 1952–1966
  • Leo Goldberg 1966–1970
  • Alexander Dalgarno 1970–1972 (acting)
  • George Field 1972–1983
  • Irwin Shapiro 1983–2004
  • Charles Alcock 2004–