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Correspondence of Robert Atkinson, 1946 - 1963

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 9/635

Scope and Contents

Personal correspondence of Robert Atkinson with various organisations, including universities, observatories, periodicals and the Inspector of Taxes at Bexhill, regarding talks, lectures, minutes of meetings, circulars, articles and papers, and income tax, including the following items:

Correspondence with the Admiralty regarding consultant work for Messrs Kelvin and Hughes, 1954.

Correspondence with C.W. Allen, University of London Observatory, 1958.

Correspondence with H. Barrell, National Physical Laboratory, concerning the revision of astronomical data, 1949-1958.

Correspondence with C.S. Beals, Director of the Dominion Observatory, Ottawa, 1958, with Atkinson's paper 'On the precision and permanence of Meridial circle divisions' attached.

Correspondence with P.M.S. Blackett, Imperial College of Science and Technology, 1958.

Correspondence with G. Bomford concerning star images and Universal Time, 1957-1961.

Correspondence with E.C. Bullard, University of Toronto, 1949.

Correspondence with Bullock, Worthington and Jackson, Solicitors, with letters from Aunt Ethel, concerning the Ashe estate and its trustees, 1946.

Correspondence with D.A. Campbell, British Astronomical Association, 1957-1960, commenting on Engel's lunar paper and making a report on M.B.B. Heath's rewritten paper on the greatest brilliance of Venus, which is also attached.

Correspondence with the Civil Service Nursing Aid Association regarding benefits, 1950.

Correspondence with G.M. Clemence, Director, Nautical Almanac Office, U.S. Naval Observatory, 1958-1961.

Correspondence with A.H. Cook, National Physical Laboratory, 1963.

Correspondence with A. Danjon, Paris Observatory, 1960.

Correspondence with W. Dieckvoss, Hamburg Observatory, 1963.

Correspondence with E. Fichera, Astronomical Observatory, Naples, 1958.

Correspondence with W.H.M. Greaves, Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, 1948.

Correspondence with R. Hanbury Brown, Jodrell Bank, on aluminising and mirror coatings, 1958.

Correspondence with C.C. Inglis, British Transport Commission, concerning a Barlow lens, 1957.

Correspondence with Sir Harold Jeffrey regarding plate errors and group corrections for stars, 1958.

Correspondence with Z. Kopal, Manchester University, regarding Airy's experiment of filling a telescope with water, 1958.

Correspondence with M. Lang, Vienna, regarding the 'World Calendar', 1962.

Correspondence with 'Life' magazine concerning an article on the Greenwich Observatory, 1946.

Correspondence with A.C.B. Lovell, Jodrell Bank, 1952-1963, regarding Atkinson's reply to N.D. Clotworthy's ideas on producing reflectors of parabolic form and concerning a paper by Thomson, Ponsonby and Irvine which was presented at Warsaw.

Correspondence with the editor of 'Nature', 1952, with Atkinson's obituary notice for W.H.M. Greaves, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, attached.

Correspondence with E.J. Opik, Armagh Observatory, 1955.

Correspondence with B.M. Peek, 1959.

Correspondence with D. Pjaskovsky, Kiev, concerning the flexure of astronomical instruments, 1958.

Correspondence with L. Randic, Yerkes Observatory, concerning ephemeris time, 1960.

Correspondence with A. Reiz, Copenhagen University Observatory, 1960.

Correspondence with C.A. Ronan, Royal Society and British Astronomical Association, 1956-1961, concerning cinematography in scientific research and photograph, with reference to solar eclipses.

Correspondence with D.H. Sadler, Nautical Almanac Office, 1951-1958.

Correspondence with G.M. Sisson, Sir Howard Grubb, Parsons and Co. Ltd, concerning mounted adjustments for a small equatorial telescope, 1957-1958.

Correspondence of Sir H. Spencer Jones, 1948-1955, regarding observing azimuth stars, light time, Atkinson's draft paper on mean sidereal time, the Zeiss measuring machine and flexure.

Correspondence with S.H. Taylor, Royal Naval Scientific Service, on the removal of Atkinson's goods from Berlin, 1949.

Correspondence with A. Thom, Engineering Laboratory, Oxford, on the photoelectric recording of transits, 1957.

Correspondence with C.B. Watts, U.S. Naval Observatory, regarding flexure and pentag mounted on the mirror transit circle, 1953-1957.

Correspondence with E.G. Woolsey, Dominion Observatory, Ottawa, on division errors, 1958.


  • 1946 - 1963

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