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Halley, Edmond, 1656 - 1742 (astronomer)

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Found in 60 Collections and/or Records:

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Letter book, 1676 - 1712

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 1/43
Scope and Contents An untitled volume of copies of Flamsteed's correspondence, February 1676 - February 1679 and March 1712, with some undated letters and Flamsteed's notes, 81 folios. Some of the copy letters are in Flamsteed's hand, but most are by amanuenses. The correspondents include (through Henry Oldenburg) J.D. Cassini, 1676-1679; Johann Hevelius, 1676-1678; Ismael Bullialdus [Boulliau], 1676; Edmond Halley; Charles Boucher (including a description to Halley of his voyage to Jamaica); Richard...
Dates: 1676 - 1712
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Letter concerning corrections to the 'Nautical Almanac' for 1813 and a method for computing the geocentric places of the planets, 1809-09-22

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/149: 65-66
Scope and Contents From the File:

The letters are primarily from Nevil Maskelyne but include three sent to Andrews by Margaret Maskelyne, following the death of her father.

Dates: 1809-09-22
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Letters from Edmond Halley, 1934

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 35/2
Scope and Contents Photostats of three letters from Edmond Halley, arranged and edited by E.F. MacPike, and dated Chicago, 1934.1. An undated draft of a letter from Halley to Sir Isaac Newton of 22 May 1686, acknowledging the receipt of part of the manuscript of Newton's 'Principia'.2. Halley to Dr John Wallis, Oxford, 25 June 1687, referring to the imminent publication of the 'Principia' and stating 'yet ten days more, by which time it will compleat'.3. An undated letter from Halley to...
Dates: 1934
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List of manuscript books and papers of the late Dr Halley, 1765

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/3/17
Scope and Contents

A list of manuscript books and papers of the late Dr Halley which were sent to the Earl of Morton by his daughter Mrs Price; annotated with a note from Nevil Maskelyne stating that he had received them on 25th July.

Dates: 1765
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Longitudes and latitudes, 1767 - 1769

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/45
Scope and Contents Computations from observations primarily of the right ascensions and declinations or the longitudes and latitudes of the Sun, Moon and planets.1. Sun's declination, 2 May 1768 - 1 January 1769.2. Obliquity of the ecliptic, 1 August 1767 - 1 November 1769.3. Sun's declination from 1 August 1767 to 26 January 1769.4. Sun's longitude from computations of Johann Mayer's tables, 25 January 1768 - 12 May 1768. The computations are missing.5. Reductions of...
Dates: 1767 - 1769
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Lunar calculations, 1751 - 1772

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/193
Scope and Contents An exercise book comprised primarily of calculations and equations relating to the Moon. The volume includes:1. A note in Latin on the ellipse.2. Distance of the Earth from Jupiter and the Sun.3. Remarks on Simpson's theory of the Moon.4. Observations of stars, 1689-1715.5. Days on which transits and zenith distances of the Sun and transits of stars proper for settling the Sun's right ascension were observed by Edmond Halley, 1726-1729.6. Right...
Dates: 1751 - 1772
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Lunar calculations and letters, 1674 - 1700

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 1/42
Scope and Contents A commonplace book of lunar calculations, c. 1684 (85r-182v, with a guide at 183v-184r); copy letters, 1679-1700; and notes; 193 folios. The writing is in Flamsteed's hand, with the exception of the letters, which are copied in various hands, but sometimes bear Flamsteed's corrections.The letters are comprised of correspondence with Johann Hevelius, 1679-1685; letters from Edmond Halley, 1679; correspondence with Olaus Römer, 1679; letters to Seth Ward, 1679; letters to Edward...
Dates: 1674 - 1700
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Mathematical booklet

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/255
Scope and Contents

'Resolution of Equations by approximations', 'Transformation of Series - Logs', 'Construction of Biquadratic Equations' (by Edmond Halley's method) and 'Of finding the Time of the Solstices'. The volume is undated.

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Microfilms of RGO 1-3, 1979

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 36/1
Scope and Contents The microfilms were made before the papers had been organised, catalogued and assigned their present classmarks. As a result, the order of the records on the microfilms often differs from that found in the online catalogue. Consult the hard copy catalogues of these collections (available in the Manuscripts Reading Room) to obtain the classmark in use at the time of filming. RGO 3/15-29 were not filmed as they are fair and duplicate copies of items 1-14. RGO 3/46 was also not filmed as it was...
Dates: 1979
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Minutes of the Board of Visitors, 1710 - 1784

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/21
Scope and Contents Minutes of the Council of the Royal Society:14 December 1710: concerning a letter from the Queen, dated 12 December 1710, regarding the formation of a Board of Visitors for the Royal Observatory.30 May 1711: concerning a letter sent to the Revd John Flamsteed.16 October 1711: concerning a meeting with Flamsteed.12 June 1712: ordering a report by a 'Mathematical Instrument maker' on the number and condition of the instruments at the Royal Observatory.4...
Dates: 1710 - 1784
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Minutes of the Board of Visitors, 1784 - 1830

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/22
Scope and Contents Minutes of the Council of the Royal Society:27 May 1784: resolving that the printing bill for the second volume of the 'Greenwich Observations' be paid.24 June 1784: concerning the King's approval of a proposal for ascertaining the relative situations of the observatories at Greenwich and Paris.29 July 1784: concerning and including a letter from Lieut. General Roy, dated 28 June 1784, on the measurement of a base line. The minutes also cover Visitation...
Dates: 1784 - 1830
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Notes and observations, 1734 - 1756

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 3/31
Scope and Contents A collection of handwritten notes, including:1. A note, dated 28 June 1734, regarding the errors of Edmond Halley's quadrant from experiments performed by Bradley.2. A note, dated 26 July 1735, correcting the errors of the quadrant and the previous year's over-estimated calculations.3. A note, dated 6 July 1742, on correcting errors in the quadrant and repairs to the telescope.4. A note, dated 8 July 1742, comparing the quadrant's present position with its...
Dates: 1734 - 1756
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Observations at Derby, London and Greenwich, 1671 - 1676

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 1/10
Scope and Contents A compilation of observations drawn up in 1671-1676, in Flamsteed's hand, 46 folios: 'Johannis Flamsteedii Derbiensis', observations made at Derby, 1666-1671, incomplete (1r-7r); 'Observations of the circumjovialls' (Jupiter's satellites), 1671-1674 (8r-23r); 'Coelestiall observations taken at the Tower with the Instruments ... of Sir Jonas Moore', April-July 1675 (24r-26r), and 'At Greenwich in the Queenes House', September 1675 - April 76 (27r- 36r); 'Adversiones pro lunae facturae...
Dates: 1671 - 1676
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers of Edmond Halley, 1670 - 1767

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 2
Scope and Contents

The collection comprises observations, calculations, computations, tables and letters. The text is mainly in English, but also includes Latin and some French.

Dates: 1670 - 1767
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on buildings and grounds, 1855 - 1861

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/49
Scope and Contents Notes and letters regarding the archaeology of the buildings and grounds of the Royal Observatory, 1859-1861.Plan and letters regarding a corrugated iron partition in the East Building, 1855.Diagram and letter regarding the porches of the Royal Observatory, 1855.Correspondence concerning Mr Morley's tender for painting the Royal Observatory, 1856.Plans for the building carrying the new South East Dome of the Royal Observatory, 1856.Specifications for...
Dates: 1855 - 1861
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on Government superintendence, 1869 - 1873

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/6
Scope and Contents Letters concerning the receipt of old papers from F.W. Simms, 1870, including an epitaph of James Bradley and an epitaph of Edmond Halley.Letter concerning the restoration of Bradley's monument, 1871.Letters from Airy requesting leave of absence, 1870-1871.Correspondence concerning the resignation of the gate porter, M. Sheeky, 1864.Correspondence concerning the dismissal of the porter, R. Tuddenham, and the appointment of J. Rainbow, 1872.Letter to...
Dates: 1869 - 1873
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on Government superintendence, 1873 - 1875

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/7
Scope and Contents Notes on John Flamsteed intended to serve for a history of the Royal Observatory, comprised of an extract from the parish register of Burstow, Surrey.Notes on Edmond Halley intended to serve for a history of the Royal Observatory, comprised of a biography by F.W. Simms, an extract from 'The Weekly Visitor', and a copy of the inscription on his gravestone.Notes by F.W. Simms on Halley's Comet intended to serve for a history of the Royal Observatory.Notes by Airy on...
Dates: 1873 - 1875
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on magnetism, 1862 - 1872

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/695
Scope and Contents Correspondence and papers on magnetic disturbances, magnetic observations, statistics and reductions, requests for data and matters arising from magnetic papers. There are papers concerning the disagreement between Airy and E. Sabine concerning the usefulness of Greenwich magnetic observations; an article in 'The Engineer' on meteorological observations at the Royal Observatory and a paper on early railways by S. Smiles; 'The relation of the Earth's magnetism to the rotation of the Sun' by...
Dates: 1862 - 1872
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on small planets and satellites, 1881 - 1912

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/152
Scope and Contents (1) Papers relating to small planets and satellites, 1881-1912Correspondence with Paris Observatory, 1881, concerning observations of minor planets for the period ending 31 December 1880.Letter from D. Gill, Cape of Good Hope Observatory, 1881, regarding observations of minor planets to determine solar parallax.Telegrams concerning the discovery of new minor planets, 1882-1892.Correspondence with R. Bryant concerning perturbations of Sappho,...
Dates: 1881 - 1912
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers on the Observatory's history, 1811

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/304
Scope and Contents

Various papers on the history the Royal Observatory, probably written by John Pond.

1. Resumé of the careers of Nevil Maskelyne and Sir Jonas Moore, with a note on the death of James Bradley.

2. Summary of the history of the Observatory, John Flamsteed and Edmond Halley. This was originally the first part of no. 1.

3. Important dates in the history of the Observatory.





Dates: 1811
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Papers on the Observatory's history, 1862 - 1909

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/1
Scope and Contents Correspondence and other papers relating to different aspects of the history of the Royal Observatory:Copy of John Flamsteed's will.Copy of Edmond Halley's will.Correspondence from F. Streatfield asking for a list of Astronomers Royals and other information, and a letter from W.S. Granville Richards asking for any information about T. Taylor in the Royal Observatory records, 1878.Correspondence with Captain S.P. Oliver on the subject of Halley's monument,...
Dates: 1862 - 1909
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Personal correspondence, 1945 - 1952

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 9/526
Scope and Contents Personal correspondence of H. Spencer Jones concerning visits, awards, lectures, manuscripts, articles and book reviews, with related papers, including the following items:Correspondence with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 1948-1949.Correspondence with the National Physical Laboratory, the Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatories, the B.B.C., the Royal Society, Sir David Brunt and Dr Bart Bok, 1949-1952.Correspondence with F. Hoyle, Dr R.A. Lyttleton,...
Dates: 1945 - 1952
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Postcard with a printed image of Halley and 17p Halley’s Comet stamp affixed, 1986-11-03

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 97/5/4
Scope and Contents

Stamped ‘Edmond Halley Memorial Service Westminster Abbey’ and marked ‘Star Card no. M’ [sic.].

Dates: 1986-11-03
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Problem on finding the longitude

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/218
Scope and Contents

'A problem proposed by Dr Halley' on finding longitude, and the course steered, with its attached solution. The author and date of the piece are not known.

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Radio programmes: 'The Comet Man' and 'Cosmic Pursuits', 1986

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 86/6/1/7
Scope and Contents Side A: 'The Comet Man'. BBC Radio 4 programme on the life of Edmund Halley. A dramatic presentation covering comets in general, Halley's Comet, and the life work and nature of Edmund Halley and his colleagues and contemporaries. Presented by John Ebdon, director of the London Planetarium. Producer Angela Hind.Side B: 'Cosmic Pursuits'. BBC Radio 4 programme detailing activities during National Astronomy Week. Includes reports on: the organisation of the week; activities of amateur...
Dates: 1986
Conditions Governing Access: From the Sub-sub-series: Please note that the reel-to-reel tapes and mini-cassette tape are awaiting digitisation and are not currently accessible.
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