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A photographic history of Grubb Parsons, 1926-1975, 1979

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 113/3/1

Scope and Contents

Photograph album created by a former employee at Grubb Parsons [Mr Shambles?, employed as an engineer, 1931-1975]. Comprises: a typed history of Grubb Parsons, 1926-1975 (16 pp), and a collection of 35 photographs with an index; accompanying notes on errors and omissions.

The photographs comprise: 1. Sir Howard Grubb Parsons and Co. original building, 1926. 2. Engineering workshop, 1926. 3. Optical workshop, 1926. 4.1. Sir Howard Grubb at work at a desk. 4.2. 44 Inch optical discs, 1928. 5.1. 40 Inch reflector, Stockholm. 5.2. 24 Inch/20 Inch Twin Refractor, Stockholm. 6.1. 15 Inch/10 Inch Twin Refractor, Edinburgh. 6.2. Shear legs for lifting polar axis, Toronto, 74 Inch Reflector. 7.1. 36 Inch Yapp Reflector, Royal Observatory, Greenwich. 7.2. Twin 16 Inch Astrograph, Leiden-Johannesburg. 8. 34 foot dome for 36 Inch Yapp Reflector, Royal Observatory, Greenwich. 9.1. Heliostat to reflect sunlight into the boardroom, Imperial Tobacco Co. Ltd, Bristol. 9.2. 1/4 scale model: 6 component, high speed, wind tunnel balance, RAE Farnborough. 10.1 AQS, 10.2. AQT (stabilised radar aerial systems). 11. 74 Inch Reflector, Radcliffe Observatory, Pretoria. 12.1 Reversible Transit Instrument, San Fernando, Spain. 12.2. 10 Inch Photographic Zenith Telescope, Royal Greenwich Observatory. 13.1. Infra Red Gas Analyser IRGA SB2. 13.2. Wavefront Shearing Interferometer WSI. 14.1. 16 Inch/20 Inch Schmidt Telescope, University Observatory, Cambridge. 14.2 48 Inch Reflector, Dominion Observatory, Victoria, BC. 15. 98 Inch Isaac Newton Telescope, Royal Greenwich Observatory (colour photograph). 16. 8 Foot Optical Machine. 17. 20 Foot Optical Machine. 18. Large erecting bay and office block (Grubb Parsons Building, c.1955/6). 19. Optical test tower (Grubb Parsons Building, c.1957). 20. GS2 Infra Red Spectrometer. 21. Infra Red Milk Analyser (IRMA). 22. Triple-Axis Neutron Spectrometer. 23. Neutron Diffractometer. 24. 155 Inch Anglo-Australian Telescope. 25. 48 Inch Schmidt Telescope for UK Science Research Council. 26. 48 Inch Reflecting Telescope for Athen University. 27. 60 Inch Reflecting Telescope for Royal Observatory, Copenhagen.


  • Creation: 1926-1975, 1979


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1 album(s) (Containing 34 black and white photographs and one colour photograph) : Paper; photographs

1 folder(s) : Paper

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