Conyngham, Sir Gerald Ponsonby Lenox -, 1866-1956 (Knight, Colonel and geodesist)
- Existence: 1866 - 1956
Sir Gerald Ponsonby Lenox-Conyngham (1866-1956), joined the Royal Engineers and was posted in 1889 to the Trigonometrical Section of the Survey of India. His work in gravity measurements using a pendulum apparatus was an important contribution to early geodesy. He was knighted in 1919, and left India in 1920. In 1921 he became a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and in 1922 Reader in Geodesy, running a new School virtually single-handed. With the support of the Darwin family, the School of Geodesy became the Department of Geodesy and Geophysics in 1931. Lenox-Conyngham retired in 1947, aged 81.
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
A photographic album entitled ''A Souvenir of a Journey to Japan'' given by the Lenox-Conygham's to the Hopkins's as a Christmas gift, 1875-1926 (album 1926; postcard late 19th-early 20th century)
Photographs of sea voyage in 1926 to Japan via Marseilles, Naples, Port Said, the Red Sea, Aden, Colombo, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Images show ships, coastlines, passengers, the Lennox-Conyham's, and street scenes and residents in places visited, . A photographic Christmas postcard of a child on a windsor chair, signed JS, is enclosed.