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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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Correspondence on the Observatory, 1827 - 1845

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/28
Scope and Contents Correspondence and some related papers regarding different aspects of the work and the instruments at the Cape Observatory, together with the Cape Survey, divided into five sections:N1. Cape Observations, General:Official Instructions to the Cape Astronomer, containing letters of instruction to F. Fallows and T. Maclear.Observations of Mauvais' Comet by Maclear at the Cape of Good Hope, August-October 1844.General correspondence with Maclear, including letters...
Dates: 1827 - 1845
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 the Standards Commission, 1868 - 1871

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/361
Scope and Contents Correspondence relating to the work of the Standards Commission, consisting largely of notices, summons, circulars and agendas for the commission and enquiries on how the decimal monetary system would work. There is a paper by R. Richard on a new metric system, rough minutes of the Commission, and a cutting from the 'Daily Courier' on a metric system employed in a Liverpool warehouse. The correspondents include H. James, J.G.S. Lefevre, W.H. Miller, L. Mallet, J. Glaisher, J.F.W. Herschel,...
Dates: 1868 - 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 visitor admissions, 1835 - 1848

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/706
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding admissions to visit the Royal Observatory. The volume is divided broadly into requests from the Admiralty to visit the Royal Observatory, introductions on behalf of visitors, personal requests to visit the Observatory, and instructions to assistants to receive guests. The correspondents include C. Wood, F. Beaufort, J. Barrow, S.H. Herbert, H.T.C. Corry, H.G. Ward, R.S. Dundas, J.G. Children, C.W. Pasley, H.C. Schumacher, J.F. Encke, J.W. Lubbock, T. Henderson, W.R....
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 visitor admissions, 1861 - 1866

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/709
Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding admissions to visit the Royal Observatory. The volume is divided broadly into requests from the Admiralty to visit the Royal Observatory; introductions on behalf of visitors; personal requests to visit the Observatory, including visits by Prince Arthur and Louis Phillipe d'Orleans; questionnaires for visitors; and instructions to assistants to receive visitors. The correspondents include J. Washington, G.H. Richards, W.G. Romaine, R. Grant, W. Thomson, J.R. Hind, W....
Dates: 1861 - 1866
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 with Nautical Almanac Office, 1827 - 1848

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/203
Scope and Contents Correspondence with the Nautical Almanac Office, primarily with W.S. Stratford over the 'Nautical Almanac', and including topics such as the minor planets, Jupiter's satellites, Halley's and Encke's Comets, and errors in the 'Nautical Almanac' and Greenwich observations. There is further correspondence with the British Association for the Advancement of Science on the subject of producing a comprehensive star catalogue and reductions. The correspondents include Sir J. Barrow, Sir J. South,...
Dates: 1827 - 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 with scientific bodies, 1836 - 1848

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/401
Scope and Contents Correspondence with various local scientific societies, the Italian and French institutes and the British Association for the Advancement of Science, with related papers. The material includes rules, grants of money, and meetings and lists of members of the British Association, with reports from 'Le Constitutionnel' and the 'Journal of Commerce' on the Association's Congress at Oxford. There is also a map of York (1844) and papers on the Historical Society of Science, the Institution of...
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 with scientific societies, 1865 - 1868

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/412
Scope and Contents Correspondence with various scientific societies, with related papers. There are notices and council minutes for the British Association; reports of the Kew Committee; the report of the committee wishing to publish K.L.C. Rümker's stellar observations; papers relating to W.R. Birt's lunar committee; W. Thomson's report on tidal observations; W.R. Grove's address to the 1866 convention; and J.D. Forbes' address to the 1867 convention. Other articles include a description of the Kew...
Dates: 1865 - 1868
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 with the Standards Commission, 1838 - 1848

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/340
Scope and Contents

Correspondence with the following members of the Standards Commission: F. Baily, C.R.D. Bethune, F. Gilbert, Sir J.F.W. Herschel, Sir J.W. Lubbock, J.G.S. Lefevre, W.H. Miller, the Marquis of Northampton, the Revd G. Peacock, the Revd R. Sheepshanks and Lord Wrottesley. The volume includes copies of printed papers from the Standards Commission and several diagrams of spirit barrels.

Dates: 1838 - 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 with the Standards Commission, 1848 - 1857

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/341
Scope and Contents

Correspondence with the following members of the Standards Commission: Sir J.F.W. Herschel, J.G.S. Lefevre, Sir J.W. Lubbock, J.C. Miller, the Revd G. Peacock, the Earl of Rosse, the Revd R. Sheepshanks and Lord Wrottesley.

Dates: 1848 - 1857
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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Discussion of star places, 1756 - 1848

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/193
Scope and Contents

Correspondence on the positions of stars, with their errors, new discoveries, comparisons of star places (i.e. with the Tabula Regiomontana) and the motion of variable stars. The correspondents include F. Baily, Sir F. Beaufort, J.F.W. Herschel, J. Glaisher, R. Sheepshanks, W.H. Smyth, T. Galloway, W.S. Stratford, J.R. Hind, W.R. Dawes, Sir G. Everest and W. Lassell. The papers also include various parts of star catalogues.

Dates: 1756 - 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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Discussion of star places, 1864 - 1874

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/197
Scope and Contents Correspondence on the formulation of star catalogues, listings of stars, observations of circumpolar stars, corrections to star positions, double stars and work on nebulae and star clusters. There is a paper of nebulae and star clusters as observed at Bangalore, India, and a piece by R.A. Proctor from the 'Scientific Review' on the Great Nebula in Orion. The correspondents include F.W.A. Argelander, A. Wagner, A.R. Clarke, A.V. Auwers, W.H.M. Christie, E. Dunkin, F.A.T. Winnecke, S. Newcomb,...
Dates: 1864 - 1874
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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Discussion of star places, 1847 - 1868

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/196
Scope and Contents Correspondence on the position and identity of stars, variable motions of stars, computations of star's positions, lists of stars and comparisons of stars and nebula. There are brief papers by G.P. Bond on a companion star to Sirius and a list of new nebulae and star clusters, 1847-1863, as observed at Harvard Observatory, U.S.A. There are also French circulars on nebulae, a list of stars observed on the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India, and French ephemerides of fundamental stars. The...
Dates: 1847 - 1868
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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Dr Thomas Young's Vouchers, 1825 - 1826

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/20: 575-680
Scope and Contents From the File:

Vouchers of Dr Thomas Young for payments to tradesmen and others. Also includes occasional correspondence.

Dates: 1825 - 1826
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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Dr Thomas Young's Vouchers, 1824 - 1828

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/20: 783-912
Scope and Contents From the File:

Vouchers of Dr Thomas Young for payments to tradesmen and others. Also includes occasional correspondence.

Dates: 1824 - 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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General correspondence 'N' and 'O', 1968-08 - 1972

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 10/34
Scope and Contents

General correspondence with, among others, the Duke of Norfolk; the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne; 'Nature'; the Revd Father D.J.K. O'Connell, S.J., Specola Vaticana, Castel Gandolfo, Rome; the University of British Colombia; and the University of Newcastle, New South Wales. The subjects include Sir Richard Woolley's review of 'The Journal of Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon' and of 'Herschel at the Cape: Diaries and Correspondence of Sir John Herschel'.

Dates: 1968-08 - 1972
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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Harton pendulum experiments, 1854 - 1877

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/212
Scope and Contents

Correspondence, letters A-L, regarding pendulum experiments at Harton, including a letter to the Academie des Sciences, correspondence with the Admiralty, and correspondence with, among others, J. Anderson, G.A. Biddell, J.R. Hind, R.C. Carrington, Professor J. Challis, G.S. Criswick, E. Dunkin, W. Ellis, Professor M. Faraday, J. Glaisher, E. Green, Sir John Herschel, Lt Col. James and M.J. Johnson.

Dates: 1854 - 1877
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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Letter concerning two chronometers to be given to Sir John Herschel for an expedition to the interior of Africa, 1833-10-30

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 5/231: 191
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Sent by Francis Beaufort to John Pond.

Dates: 1833-10-30
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Letter from J.F.W. Herschel to Dr Thomas Young, 1829-01-08

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/48: 222-223
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On assisting [William] Richardson in reducing the observations taken at Parramatta Observatory under Sir Thomas Brisbane.

Dates: 1829-01-08
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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Letter from John Frederick William Herschel to [H. von Boguslawski, Prussia], 1844-05-06

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 95/2
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Letter written on behalf of his aunt [Caroline Herschel] thanking him for sending a letter on her 95th birthday and sheets of his new astronomical ephemeris ‘Uranus’, and also discussing Halley’s Comet.

Dates: 1844-05-06
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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Letters from observatories, 1848 - 1852

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/143
Scope and Contents Letters from various observatories on filling vacancies, building new observatories at Blackheath and the West Midlands, and improving existing observatories (e.g. by erecting new time balls in Quebec). The correspondents include R. Sheepshanks, J.F.W. Herschel, J.D. Forbes, C.P. Smyth, Sir B. Hawes, M.J. Johnson, W.H. Miller, J. Challis, Sir F. Beaufort and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. There are reports on the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, and two reports on Liverpool Observatory...
Dates: 1848 - 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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Letters from observatories, 1849

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/142
Scope and Contents Letters from various observatories on filling vacancies, requests for information and for advice on instruments, and the formation of new observatories. The correspondents include J.R. Hind, C. Pasley, T. Maclear (a testimonial), J. Challis, W.S. Jacob, R. Sheepshanks, C.P. Smyth, G. Fisher, C. Pritchard, O.M. Mitchel, Captain P.P. King, Sir J.F.W. Herschel, W.R. Dawes and J.P. Nichol. There are communications with J.D. Forbes on the possibility of time balls at Edinburgh; reports by the...
Dates: 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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Letters from observatories, 1852 - 1858

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/145
Scope and Contents Letters from various British and international observatories on filling vacancies, explanation of the mechanism and construction of time balls at Copenhagen and Edinburgh, the establishment of an observatory at Quebec, and the purchase of chronometers for the Lisbon Observatory. The correspondents include Admiral Radstock, B.A. Gould, J. Glaisher, J. Challis, C.P. Smyth, M.J. Johnson, J.F.W. Herschel and C. Frodsham. There are reports on the Brussels Observatory, 1852-1853, by L.A. Quetelet;...
Dates: 1852 - 1858
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Letters from observatories, 1859 - 1861

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/146
Scope and Contents Letters from various British and international observatories on filling vacancies, plans for new improvements at Madras, and the formation of new observatories at Williamstown, Victoria, and other locations. The correspondents include E. Dunkin, J. Challis, R.C. Carrington, O.M. Mitchel, J.D. Forbes, R. Grant, Sir E. Sabine, Lord Wrottesley, N.R. Pogson, Professor Baden Powell, J.F.W. Herschel and R.L.J. Ellery. There are also tracings for the proposed Adelaide Observatory; a piece from '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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Letters from observatories, 1864 - 1869

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/149
Scope and Contents Letters from various British and international observatories on filling vacancies, requests for new instruments at Sydney, and covering letters to reports. Approximately half the correspondence is concerned with the possible closures and alternative uses of the Madras, Bombay and Colaba observatories; reports on the Madras and Colaba observatories and their history; and governmental recommendations for the Indian observatories. The correspondents on these matters include E.B. Eastwick,...
Dates: 1864 - 1869
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Letters to Francis Baily, 1828 - 1843

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/29
Scope and Contents Correspondence comprised predominantly of letters from T. Maclear or F. Fallows to F. Baily:A letter from Maclear to Baily concerning methods of calculating longitudes, 1828, including mention of C. Babbage and T. Young.A letter from Maclear to Baily, 1835, concerning the publication of Cape observations by Fallows and Maclear; the accuracy of the transit clock; the expansion of the Cape Observatory; observations of Halley's Comet, 1-24 September 1835; C. Piazzi Smyth's...
Dates: 1828 - 1843
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