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Herschel, John Frederick William, Sir, 1792 - 1871 (Knight, astronomer)

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Found in 109 Collections and/or Records:

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An incomplete series of fair minutes of meetings of the Board of Longitude, 1765 - 1828

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/4: 4-214
Scope and Contents Regarding the production of ephemerides; the publication of Tobias Mayer's lunar tables; the printing of the 'Nautical Almanac'; the employment of computers; trials of new astronomical and nautical instruments; William Garrard's method of reducing lunar distances; E. Nayler's new theory of the variation of compasses; elections to the Board of Longitude; the publication of tables of logarithms; the establishment of an observatory at the Cape of Good Hope; the voyage of HMS 'Hecla' and HMS...
Dates: 1765 - 1828
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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Astronomical methods and instruments, 1859 - 1861

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/170
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous astronomical methods, new inventions and instruments sent in by various scientists and interested parties. The correspondents include E. Dunkin, J. Nasmyth, J. Booth, Lord Rosse, W. Lassell, J.F.W. Herschel, J.J. von Littrow, J.D. Forbes, G. Fisher, J.R. Hind and C. Pritchard. There are pieces on water clocks and barrel clocks, with drawings of their mechanism; N.R. Pogson's paper on an 'occular crystal micrometer'; C.R.D. Bethune's paper on 'reducing the apparent distance of the...
Dates: 1859 - 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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Card of visitors, 1877 - 1880

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/714
Scope and Contents Personal and business cards of visitors to the Royal Observatory, including L.M. Rutherford, J.C. Watson, G. Davidson, S.P. Langley, H. Draper and A.S. Herschel. A large proportion of the cards belonged to foreign visitors.
Dates: 1877 - 1880
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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Computations for Herschel's catalogue, 1862 - 1863

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/200
Scope and Contents Computations for J.F.W. Herschel's 'General Catalogue of Nebulae'. There is correspondence between J.F.W. Herschel and Airy referring to errors in the calculations, funding of the work and its publication.
Dates: 1862 - 1863
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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Correspondence, notes and computations, 1835 - 1850

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/31
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous correspondence, notes and computations in sixteen sections:(1) (i) Lists of papers; (ii) a note on the transmission of papers to R. Sheepshanks; (iii) a list of papers belonging to F. Fallows, written by Samuel Johnson, 20 June 1835; and (iv) a letter to G.B. Airy from T. Henderson regarding the reduction of Fallows's observations.(2) Correspondence with G.B. Airy, 12 December 1845 - 29 October 1849, regarding the printing and reduction of F. Fallows's...
Dates: 1835 - 1850
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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Correspondence on comets, 1832 - 1847

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/92
Scope and Contents Correspondence on comets observed between 1832 and 1847, including Halley's Comet (1835); Encke's Comet (1832, 1835, 1838, 1842); Galle's three comets (1839-1840); Brenniker's Comet (1840); Laugier's Comet (1842); the Great Comet of 1843; Mauvais' three comets (1843, 1845, 1847); Fayé's Comet (1843-44); De Vico's six comets (1844-1846); D'Arrest's Comet (1844); Wilmot's Comet (1844); Colla's Comet (1845 and 1847); Biela's Comet (1845); Brorsen's three comets (1846-1847); and Hind's 1846 comet....
Dates: 1832 - 1847
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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Correspondence on decimal coinage, 1846 - 1858

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/349
Scope and Contents Correspondence on decimal coinage. The correspondents include Sir J.F.W. Herschel, J.G.S. Lefevre, Sir J.W. Lubbock, Professor W.H. Miller, the Revd G. Peacock, the Earl of Rosse, the Revd R. Sheepshanks, Lord Wrottesley and A. de Morgan. The papers include many printed documents on decimal coinage; weights and measures; the coinage of copper; questions asked by Lord Overstone to the Decimal Coinage Commissioners, with answers; a French paper on bronze money; and newspaper and magazine articles...
Dates: 1846 - 1858
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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Correspondence on instruments, 1849 - 1854

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/93
Scope and Contents Correspondence of G.B. Airy and related papers under the heading 'Cape Observatory and Survey 1849 to 1854. Instruments', divided into thirteen sections:Notes on the barometer used by Henderson.Letters from G.B. Airy to W. Dolland regarding an eyepiece and level for the Cape Transit, 1850-1851.Sir J. Herschel's recommendation for the erection of a transit circle at the Cape, 27 December 1851.Correspondence with the Admiralty regarding the transit circle,...
Dates: 1849 - 1854
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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Correspondence on instruments, 1838 - 1849

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/159
Scope and Contents Correspondence concerning improved instruments, new techniques and inventions, and a proposed planetarium and cometarium. The new inventions include improved sextants and sea horizons; a micrometer; a paper on finding Greenwich Time, complete with a drawing; achromatic eyepieces; an improved quadrant; drawings of eye pieces; a heliotrope; and an illuminating process for telescopes. The correspondents include Sir B. Donkin, Sir C. Wood, Sir H.G. Ward, Sir W. Denison, J. Challis, C.B. Vignoles,...
Dates: 1838 - 1849
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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Correspondence on instruments, 1842 - 1849

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/160
Scope and Contents Correspondence and plans for new telescopes, new inventions and improved techniques. There are numerous plans for a new transit circle at Greenwich and arrangements for the zenith sector; a drawing of W. Lassell's polishing machine; J. Locke's paper on his electro-chronograph; O.M. Mitchel's new method of observing transits; the Earl of Rosse's reflecting telescope; a plan for an equatorial telescope; trials of Barlow's Telescope by W.H. Smyth; clock trials; a double image micrometer; and W.H....
Dates: 1842 - 1849
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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Correspondence on magnetic instruments, 1835 - 1848

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/676
Scope and Contents Correspondence and related papers concerning magnetic instruments. The correspondents include G. Forbes, H. Lloyd, F. Beaufort, J.F.W. Herschel, K.F. Gauss, M. Faraday, J.V. Lamont, F. Baily, E. Sabine, C. Brooke and F. Ronalds. The papers include diagrams of the small needles used in the Magnetic Observatory at Munich; a printed 'Account of the Induction Inclinometer and of its Adjustments' by H. Lloyd; a piece of gilt covered paper; a printed paper by W. Snow Harris titled 'New Steering...
Dates: 1835 - 1848
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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Correspondence on magnetic observations, 1834 - 1848

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/675
Scope and Contents Correspondence on magnetic observations, including papers on the establishment of a Magnetic Observatory in Greenwich Park and the benefits to astronomers of this research; specifications and accounts for the Observatory building; functions of the Magnetic Observatory and the provision of staff and equipment; extracts from Royal Society correspondence and minutes on magnetism and meteorology; a report on a letter by F.W.H.A.V. Humboldt concerning magnetic observations; the report of the...
Dates: 1834 - 1848
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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Correspondence on Melbourne University, 1855 - 1856

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/336
Scope and Contents Correspondence, largely with H. Malden and J.F.W. Herschel, on the professorships and financial arrangements for Melbourne University, including a paper on the proceedings of the University.
Dates: 1855 - 1856
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Correspondence on Northumberland's telescope, 1833 - 1841

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/157
Scope and Contents Correspondence on the installation of the Duke of Northumberland's telescope at the University Observatory, Cambridge. The letters covers the initial purchase of the telescope, the refinements made to it, the construction of a new dome to house it, its mounting and its installation. The correspondents include the Duke of Northumberland, Sir F. Beaufort, J. Challis, E.J. Cooper, J. Glaisher, J.F.W. Herschel and many builders and instrument makers. There are various sketches and plans, as well as...
Dates: 1833 - 1841
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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Correspondence on planetary reductions, 1838 - 1847

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/524
Scope and Contents Correspondence on planetary reductions, including official correspondence with the Government on grants for the reductions and accounts of money paid to computers. There are also reductions of Irish tide observations and accounts and receipts of wages paid out. The correspondents include J. Phillips, J.F.W. Herschel, Viscount Althorp, S.P. Rigaud, T. Spring-Rice, J. Barrow, J.W. Lubbock, F. Beaufort, J. Glaisher and E. Sabine.
Dates: 1838 - 1847
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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Correspondence on reductions, 1837 - 1849

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/530
Scope and Contents Correspondence on the printing and distribution of planetary and lunar reductions. The correspondents include F.W. Bessel, F. Beaufort, H.C. Schumacher, J.F. Encke, W.S. Stratford and J.F.W. Herschel.
Dates: 1837 - 1849
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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Correspondence on Royal Astronomical Society, 1836 - 1848

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/229
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous correspondence regarding the Royal Astronomical Society, concerning the medals for 1837, 1842, 1844, 1845 and 1847; Mr Baily's death; a memoir of Mr Baily by Sir John Herschel; the election of a President in 1845; the Anniversary Dinner of 1845; the appointment of assistant secretaries; the grant of the interest of the Lee Fund to Mrs Pond in 1837; a booklet of the Charter and byelaws, 1844; De Vico's maps; Madame Witte's model of the Moon; Bessel's researches on Uranus; and the...
Dates: 1836 - 1848
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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Correspondence on scientific institutes, 1850 - 1853

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/404
Scope and Contents Correspondence concerning various scientific institutes, giving notification of rules, meetings, reports, agendas and other matters. The correspondents include M. Faraday, J.F.W. Herschel, Lord Rosse, W. Hopkins, W. Cubitt, E.W. Brayley, B. Disraeli, R. Sheepshanks, C. Pritchard, E. Sabine, Lord Wrottesley, A. de Morgan, R.I. Murchison, C.W. Dilke, J.A. Broun and T. Bell.
Dates: 1850 - 1853
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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Correspondence on solar eclipse, 1850 - 1852

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/119
Scope and Contents A book devoted to the total solar eclipse of 28 July 1851, comprised mainly of correspondence on preparations and issuing instructions to professional and amateur astronomers. The correspondence includes letters to J. Challis, E.J. Cooper, J.F. Encke, H. Fox-Talbot, H.A.E.A. Fayé, J.D. Forbes, J.F.W. Herschel, W. Lassell, Sir J.W. Lubbock, R. Stephenson, H.U. Addington and Lord H.E. Stanley of Alderley. There are a considerable number of requests from many amateur astronomers.The volume...
Dates: 1850 - 1852
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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Correspondence on solar eclipse, 1871 - 1874

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/135
Scope and Contents Correspondence concerned primarily with following the solar eclipse of 14 December 1871. The papers include the announcement of the eclipse by N.R. Pogson; a report by Captain A.B. Fyers; observations by Sir J.N. Lockyer and Pogson, with 9 photographs taken at Madras; an Italian newspaper article by L. Respighi in the 'Gazzetta Officiale'; a French newspaper article; and a piece in 'The English Mechanic and World of Science' by R.A. Proctor. There are papers by Sir J.N. Lockyer on the 1871...
Dates: 1871 - 1874
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Correspondence on solar eclipse expeditions, 1870 - 1871

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/132
Scope and Contents Correspondence concerned primarily with preparations for expeditions to Spain, North Africa and Sicily to observe the total solar eclipse, 21-22 December 1870. The correspondents include J.C. Adams, J.F.W. Herschel, J.R. Hind, W. Huggins, P.J.C. Janssen, Sir J.N. Lockyer, S. Newcomb, B. Peirce, C. Pritchard, H.E. Roscoe, C.B. Vignoles and J. Winlock. There is a report by J. Carpenter, a paper by Sir J.N. Lockyer bearing a ½d stamp, papers on longitude experiments with telegraphs, and an...
Dates: 1870 - 1871
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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Correspondence on standards, 1858 - 1862

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/357
Scope and Contents Official and general correspondence on standards. The correspondents include Sir J.F.W. Herschel, Sir J.W. Lubbock, Professor W.H. Miller, W. De La Rue, A. de Morgan and General E. Sabine. The subjects covered include 'distribution of copies of the Accounts of Construction of the National Standards to the countries and institutions to which copies of the standards were sent' and 'payment of expenses for printing the Account of Construction of Standards'. There are printed papers, including...
Dates: 1858 - 1862
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Correspondence on standards, 1862 - 1865

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/358
Scope and Contents Official and general correspondence on standards. The correspondents include Sir J.F.W. Herschel, Sir J. Lefevre, J.W. Lubbock, Professor W.H. Miller, Lord Monteagle, the Earl of Rosse, Lord Wrottesley, W. De La Rue and A. de Morgan. The volume includes printed 'Notes for the Committee on Weights and Measures, 1862' by Airy; an Act for the amendment and consolidation of the Custom Tariff Acts; printed copies of letters and reports on standards; and newspaper cuttings on the question of...
Dates: 1862 - 1865
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Correspondence on standards, 1865 - 1868

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/359
Scope and Contents Official and general correspondence on standards. The correspondents include Sir J.F.W. Herschel, Sir J. Lefevre, Sir J.W. Lubbock, Professor W.H. Miller, Major General E. Sabine, Lord Wrottesley, W. Airy, W. De La Rue, Admiral Manners and Professor Wackenbath. The volume includes minutes of the first meeting of the Standards Commission; the first report of the Standards Commission; and papers on the decimal system of money.
Dates: 1865 - 1868
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Correspondence on the New Palace clock, 1857 - 1861

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/609
Scope and Contents Correspondence concerning the clock for the New Palace at Westminster. The correspondents include A. de Morgan, J.F.W. Herschel, W. Whewell and F. Dent. The papers includes pages extracted from the 'Mechanics' Magazine'; pages and two diagrams extracted from 'The Builder'; a paper by E.T. Loseby 'on the Westminster Clock'; and a paper by W.L. Baker on 'the Great Bell of Westminster'. There are also several musical calculations of the notes made by the bell in the New Palace.
Dates: 1857 - 1861
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