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Johnson, Manuel John, 1805 - 1859 (astronomer)

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Found in 22 Collections and/or Records:

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Correspondence on instruments, 1853 - 1854

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/166
Scope and Contents Correspondence on new techniques, requests for advice and new instruments. There are requests for transit circles from the Portuguese government, Upsala, Sweden, and Albany, U.S.A.; a description by Airy of the Greenwich transit circle; experiments with mercury and photography, including two early pictures of the Sun; improved sextants and clocks; a 'universal instrument'; and an account of the instruments used by the ancient Chinese astronomers. The correspondents include E. Dunkin,...
Dates: 1853 - 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 new techniques and discoveries, 1850 - 1851

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/163
Scope and Contents Correspondence concerning new techniques and discoveries, including O.M. Mitchel's method of recording transits and north polar distances; a paper on J. Locke's electro-chronograph for the House of Representatives; conducted experiments and newspaper articles; the velocity of the galvanic current through telegraph wires, from 'The Daily Evening Traveller'; a clock for uniform motion by W.H. Miller, with drawings; a paper by Sir W. Siemens, in French, on telegraphs; M.J. Johnson's heliometer;...
Dates: 1850 - 1851
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 observatories, 1834 - 1847

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/140
Scope and Contents Correspondence and requests for advice relating primarily to the establishment of observatories in various localities, including in North America. There are also letters concerning University Chairs and correspondence with the Treasury on financial matters. The correspondents include the Duke of Northumberland, M.J. Johnson, S.H. Christie, R. Sheepshanks, Sir T.M. Brisbane, W.S. Stratford, W.H.C. Bartlett, J. Glaisher, J.P. Nichol, J.W. Lubbuck, J.Q. Adams, J.M. Gillis, J.D. Forbes, C.P....
Dates: 1834 - 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 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 with computers, 1855 - 1860

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/553
Scope and Contents

Correspondence with, primarily, lunar computers concerning the engagement of computers, office regulations and the conduct of computers, occasional orders and tasks to be performed, testimonials, leave of absence, and accounts and salaries. The correspondents include Lord Wrottesley, J. Challis, R. Grant, M.J. Johnson, G. Fisher, J. Washington and J. Glaisher.

Dates: 1855 - 1860
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, 1849 - 1855

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/194
Scope and Contents

Correspondence on the positions of stars, observations of stars mentioned in catalogues, corrections to star positions, and examination and formulation of star tables for catalogues. The correspondents include W.H. Smyth, E.J. Cooper, A. Graham, J.C. Adams, T. Maclear, H.C. Schumacher, J.R. Hind, U.J.J. Le Verrier, R.C. Carrington, G.P. Bond, E. Dunkin, N.R. Pogson, O. Struve, M.J. Johnson, E. Heis and J.C. Miller.

Dates: 1849 - 1855
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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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, 1853 - 1855

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/144
Scope and Contents Letters from various observatories on filling vacancies, the construction of time balls at Sydney and New Brunswick (with a plan), and the establishment of new observatories at Nottingham, Bristol and other locations. The correspondents include J. Challis, Sir W. Denison, C.E. Trevelyan, J.R. Hind, R. Stephenson, C.P. Smyth, C. Pritchard and M.J. Johnson. There are also two reports on Liverpool Observatory, a paper on Brussels Observatory, and a piece from 'Le Moniteur Universel' on the...
Dates: 1853 - 1855
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
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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Manuel [John] Johnson, 1850

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 96/9/2
Scope and Contents

Print of a drawing.

Dates: 1850
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Meteorological observations and papers, 1856 - 1861

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/700
Scope and Contents Meteorological observations and requests for meteorological information. The volume includes observations of temperatures in the River Thames, 26 December 1858 - 29 December 1860; tabulated monthly meteorological observations at Bedford, Cape of Good Hope, New South Wales, Paramatta, Adelaide, Dijon, Helston, Toronto and Lisbon between 1857 and 1860; daily observations at Athens, 1-18 April 1859, and the Radcliffe Observatory, Oxford, 21 October - 8 November 1859; air temperatures at...
Dates: 1856 - 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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Miscellaneous correspondence, 1849 - 1850

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/371
Scope and Contents

Airy's miscellaneous correspondence with, among others, J.C. Adams, D.F.J. Arago, J.B. Biot, P.H.L. von Boguslowski, J. Challis, W. Cubitt, A. d'Abbadie, J.D. Forbes, J.S. Henslow, J.F.W. Herschel, M.J. Johnson, W. Lassell, U.J.J. Le Verrier, W.H. Miller, J.P. Nichol, G.A.A. Plana, J.C. Ross, the Earl of Rosse, H.C. Schumacher, G.G. Stokes, W.H. Smyth, C.P. Smyth, R. Sheepshanks, F.E.W.V. Struve and W. Whewell.

Dates: 1849 - 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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Miscellaneous correspondence, 1850

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/372
Scope and Contents Airy's miscellaneous correspondence with, among others, F. Beaufort, J.B. Biot, G. Bishop, P.H.L. von Boguslowski, S.H. Christie, T.F. Colby, W. Cubitt, A. d'Abbadie, A. de Morgan, W. Denison, J.D. Forbes, C.L. Gerling, B.A. Gould, J.S. Henslow, J.F.W. Herschel, M.J. Johnson, P. Kelland, J. Lee, U.J.J. Le Verrier, Mr Manners, G. Peacock, C. Pritchard, L.A. Quetelet, the Earl of Rosse, E. Sabine, E.S.C. Santini, H.C. Schumacher, A. Sedgwick, R. Sheepshanks, W.H. Smyth, C.P. Smyth, R....
Dates: 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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Miscellaneous correspondence, 1857 - 1859

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/377
Scope and Contents Aiy's miscellaneous correspondence, letters A-K. The correspondents include, among others, J.C. Adams, F. Beaufort, J.B. Biot, G.P. Bond, J. Booth, R.C. Carrington, W. Cubitt, A. d'Abbadie, A. de Morgan, W. Denison, J.F. Encke, M. Faraday, J.D. Forbes, E. Frankland, J.E. Galle, A. Gautier, B.A. Gould, W.R. Hamilton, P.A. Hansen, C. Hansteen, J.F.W. Herschel, F.W.H.A. Humboldt, W.S. Jacob and M.J. Johnson. The papers include two newspaper cuttings, one on the death of Sir Francis Beaufort,...
Dates: 1857 - 1859
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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Miscellaneous correspondence, 1857 - 1859

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/378
Scope and Contents Airy's miscellaneous correspondence, letters L-W. The correspondents include, among others, J. Lee, U.J.J. Le Verrier, T. Maclear, F. Maxwell, C. May, W.H. Miller, O.M. Mitchel, J.P. Nichol, G. Peacock, C.H.F. Peters, F. Petit, Mr Plarr, C. Pritchard, L.A. Quetelet, W. De La Rue, E. Sabine, G.S.G. Santini, P.A. Secchi, Miss Sheepshanks, W.H. Smyth, C.P. Smyth, F.G.W. Struve, J. Tyndall and W. Whewell. The papers include a printed circular on Madame Quetelet's death; circulars advertising...
Dates: 1857 - 1859
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 chronometer improvements, 1855 - 1859

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/592
Scope and Contents Correspondence and papers concerning refinements and improvements to chronometers, including B. Russell's new escapements, with drawings; J.V. Weber's plan for equalising tension in the main spring, with plans; trials of J.M. Bloxam's gravity clock escapements; J.E. Merritt's compensating pendulum; E.T. Loseby's improvements in clocks, with plans and a description of the Leicester Exchange Clock; S. May's new chronometer balance; J.R. Hall's patent for improved clocks and watches; a hermetic...
Dates: 1855 - 1859
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 compass corrections on iron ships, 1844 - 1848

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/686
Scope and Contents Corrections to compasses on iron ships, with related correspondence. The papers include preparations for ascertaining the disturbance of the compasses by magnets on iron vessels; B. Darondeau's French corrections to compasses; disturbances of the compasses on board the vessel 'Fame' from Glasgow to Calcutta, and also the 'Pacha'; E.J. Johnson's deviations of compass needles in fifteen iron ships; and the correction of the compass on the 'Great Britain'. The correspondents include E. Sabine,...
Dates: 1844 - 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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Papers on determining galvanic longitudes, 1852 - 1854

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/633
Scope and Contents Correspondence and papers concerning the use galvanic signals to determine longitude. The papers describe the attempts to establish the longitude of the Edinburgh, Oxford and Cambridge Observatories by observing set stars and taking the difference between the local time and the Greenwich Time received by telegraphic signal. Other centres included in the project, but not necessarily tested, were Liverpool, Dublin, Vienna, Bristol and Lowestoft. The papers include correspondence with C.P....
Dates: 1852 - 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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Papers on magnetism and photography, 1855 - 1861

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/678
Scope and Contents Correspondence and papers concerning instructions, magnetic instruments and photographic techniques. The papers include J. Glaisher's report to the Astronomer Royal on examining the magnetic instruments at the Greenwich Observatory; adjustments to vertical force magnets and compasses; sketches of new mountings for dipping needles; discrepancies of dip; alterations of instruments; trials of dipping needles; papers by J.V. Lamont on the form of magnets (one in English, one in German) and...
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 Northumberland's telescope, 1842 - 1846

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/158
Scope and Contents Papers relating to the publication of a paper by Airy on the establishment of the Northumberland telescope at the University Observatory, Cambridge. There is an essay giving a description of the dome and telescope, and correspondence with engravers, artists and printers for the paper's publication. The correspondence includes letters of thanks for the work from J. Challis, W.H. Miller, W.S. Stratford, G. Bishop, G. Fisher, W.R. Dawes, E. Sabine, Sir F. Beaufort, S.H. Christie, M.J. Johnson,...
Dates: 1842 - 1846
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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Visitation papers, 1835 - 1844

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/8
Scope and Contents Copy of the Royal Warrant, 9 September 1830, and the report of the committee appointed by the Board of Visitors, 4 March 1831.Letter regarding the nomination of Captain W.H. Smyth as a Visitor, 1835.Correspondence on the erection of a Magnetic Observatory, 1836.Correspondence concerning the meetings of the Board of Visitors on 3 June 1837 and 4 December 1837.Letter regarding a grant of money for the expenses of the Visitors, 1837.Copy of the Royal...
Dates: 1835 - 1844
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