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Airy, Sir George Biddell, 1801-1892 (Knight and astronomer)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1801-1892

Sir George Biddell Airy (1801-92), astronomer, was elected a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1824, was Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, 1826-28, Plumian Professor of Astronomy and director of the Cambridge Observatory, 1828-36, and Astronomer Royal, 1835-81). He married Richarda (1804-75), daughter of Richard Smith, Rector of Edensor, Derbyshire, in 1830, and left six children, including Wilfrid (1836-1925), Hubert (1838-1903), Osmund (1845-1928), and Hilda, who married Dr. Routh of Cambridge. Wilfrid, a civil engineer, edited Airy's autobiography in 1896.

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

 Fonds

Family papers of George Biddell Airy

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10214
Scope and Contents Contains material relating to family history (MS Add. 10214/1) and letters (MS Add. 10214/2) including:
hints for an excursion letter to Monsieur Verrier, 1864; letters to Professor Sedgwick, 1846-1847; letters to daugther and son-in-law, Mr and Mrs Routh 1866-1884; notes written by Hilda Routh 1898; postcard to S.W. Coles 1940.
Dates: 1846-1940
Conditions Governing Access: Open
 Series

Letter from Sir G.B. Airy to J.C. Adams, 26 Jan. 1857

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.6008/18
Dates: 26 Jan. 1857
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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).
 Series

Letter from Sir George Biddell Airy to Stephen Jackson, 25 Aug. 1828

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8812/11
Scope and Contents Dr Davy allows Jackson to come into residence at Cambridge; Airy's experiments not going well (Polcoath Experiment - density of the earth)
Dates: 25 Aug. 1828
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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).
 Fonds

Richard Mackenzie Bacon: correspondence and papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.6239-6248
Scope and Contents Includes letters from Edward Harbord, 3rd Baron Suffield to R. M. Bacon and others
Dates: 1752-1844
Conditions Governing Access: 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).
 Fonds

Sir George Airy: Scientific and family papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9383
Dates: 1825-1929 (19th century)
Conditions Governing Access: 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).
 Fonds

Sir George Biddell Airy: Correspondence to Sir John Lubbock and B.E. Hammond, 1841-1884

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4251/11-12
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.
Dates: 1841-1884
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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).
 Series

Sir George Biddell Airy: Memorandum, 18 Apr. 1849

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8812/56
Scope and Contents 'Mr. Glaister appears to have discharged the objects of his mission yesterday' - about wind register; observatory undertakes no expense; results must all go to one place of publication; 'Daily News', as first organiser of scheme, seems entitled to first regard; three parties subscribed; Observatory is poorest - it will help in scientific part; 'Daily News' will publish; railway companies bear expense of apparatus and observations - they should bear cost of vanes
Dates: 18 Apr. 1849
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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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