Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
Found in 31 Collections and/or Records:
Correspondence on errors and rates of chronometers, including the foundation of time balls at Demerara and C.P. Smyth's account of the Time Ball at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh. There are also enquiries on various chronometers, including those used on the 'Bounty'. The correspondents include F. Beaufort, C.P. Smyth and E. Sabine.
Correspondence regarding various English observatories, including correspondence with the University College of Sussex Council; the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Whitehall, concerning a grant; the Jeremiah Horrocks and Wilfred Hall Observatories; the University of London Observatory; the University of Glasgow Department of Astronomy; and the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.
Correspondence, notes and other papers regarding observatories, including sections on foreign observatories; English observatories; the Solar Physics Observatory, Cambridge; colonial observatories, including those in Canada and South Africa; Commonwealth observatories, including those in Australia; the Norman Lockyer Observatory; the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh; and Denmark.
Correspondence (chiefly copies) between C.P. Smyth and Sir H. Grubb on the Edinburgh Equatorial Telescope and a spectroscope. The letters cover the contract for the work, its construction and specification, and disagreement between the two parties as to whether the contract had been adequately fulfilled. Airy was the initial arbitrator, but W.H.M. Christie was finally appointed to resolve the controversy. There are also plans for the spectroscope.
Correspondence regarding the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, including correspondence with Dr V.C. Reddish and Professor H.A. Brück, Astronomer Royal for Scotland.
A letter from Porter to the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, 30 June 1960, requesting a list of pamphlets on comets, and the reply from the observatory's librarian, D. Alasdair Kemp, 16 November 1962. There are also various accompanying lists.
A letter from Vincent Essex, Science Research Council, 24 February 1970, regarding Redman's notes on the Cambridge Observatories and the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, given to the Northern Hemisphere Review Committee, a copy of which is enclosed. There is also Redman's reply of 25 February, including corrections to the notes.
General correspondence with, among others, the British Horological Institute; the London Planetarium; the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh; Brasenose College, Oxford; the B.B.C.; and Blackie and Son, publishers. The subjects include Sir Richard Woolley's book 'A Key to the Stars'.
Letter to Dr J. Jackson regarding D. Gill's history of the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope.
A letter to J.H. Whale from the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, regarding the purchase of Galaxy from Ferranti, which the Edinburgh Observatory is involved in the design of, and suggesting that if the Royal Greenwich Observatory is thinking of purchasing the system that they discuss this with the Science Research Council in order to obtain the best financial deal.
Letters from various observatories on filling vacancies, grant testimonials and orders for observations to be performed. The correspondents include W.C. Bond, J. Challis, O. Struve, O.M. Mitchel, C.P. Smyth, Lord Wrottesley, the Earl of Rosse, W.H. Sykes, P.P. King, Sir B. Hawes, R. Sheepshanks, Sir H.G. Ward and C. Pasley. Some of the later names were associated with the government. The volume also includes two copies of a report by C.P. Smyth on the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.
Miscellaneous newscuttings taken mainly from 'The Blackheath Local Guide and District Advertiser' during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, including articles on the Royal Observatory, Blackheath Proprietary School and the Second World War. All of the cuttings are loose in the album. There are also three letters from R.A. Sampson of the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, to Melotte, 20 August, 28 August and 14 September 1915, regarding slides provided to him by Melotte.
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