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.
Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8812/56
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'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
18 Apr. 1849
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