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Dr Alan Hunter, 1986-10-31

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 86/4/13

Scope and Contents

Dr Alan Hunter, former Director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, talking to Andrew Shaw about his life and career at the RGO.

Includes: discussions on how he joined the Observatory at Greenwich; his background; first impressions of the ORO; his work and instruments there; the atmosphere and working conditions; the outbreak of War and evacuation of Greenwich; details of the Thompson and Yapp telescopes; his observational research work and science at the RGO; his opinion of Humphrey Smith; Woolley's adoption of him as administrative officer; his role in the RAS; editing the Observatory magazine; the idea of moving to Sussex; his role in the move to Herstmonceux; the moving process; post-War work at the RGO establishing the new site; scientific work at Herstmonceux. The remainder of the interview (35 minutes) is restricted: the early days at Herstmonceux; memories of Woolley and E.M. Burbridge; his time as director of the RGO; the nature of the Observatory and changes to it.


  • Creation: 1986-10-31


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Crown Copyright


3 cassette(s) (3 compact cassette tapes) : audio tape

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

SONY Metallic 60 cassette tapes

Former / Other Reference

S.Mem 14/5 & RGO 86/34

Finding aid date

2015-03-23 12:18:24+00:00

Repository Details

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