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Papers of Roderick Redman, 1928 - 1975

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 37

Scope and Contents

A collection of correspondence, drawings, photographs and other items accumulated over the course of Redman's career. Much of the material relates to the design and construction of telescopes. This includes committee minutes, reports, plans, specifications, and tender and contract documents. The collection is broadly divided into the following series:

RGO 37/1-664: Correspondence: Personal (RGO 37/1/-13); Isaac Newton Telescope (RGO 37/14-69); European Southern Observatory (RGO 37/70-101); Northern Hemisphere Observatory (RGO 37/103-288); Anglo-Australian Telescope (RGO 37/289-650); Conferences (RGO 37/651-652); and Miscellaneous (RGO 37/653-664).

RGO 37/665-696: Notes

RGO 37/697-711: Conference memoranda and reports

RGO 37/712-838: Isaac Newton Observatory, Herstmonceux (Isaac Newton Telescope)

RGO 37/839-885: European Southern Observatory

RGO 37/886-1120: Northern Hemisphere Observatory

RGO 37/1121-1420: Anglo-Australian Telescope

RGO 37/1421-1433: Observatories' reports on telescopes

RGO 37/1443-1745: Drawings

74-inch reflector telescope, Pretoria (RGO 37/1443-1464); Palomar 200-inch telescope (RGO 37/1465); 74-inch reflector telescope, Mount Stromlo Observatory (RGO 37/1466-1484); 150-inch telescope, Kitt Peak National Observatory (RGO 37/1485-1489); Anglo-Australian 150-inch Telescope (RGO 37/1490-1740); 4-metre altazimuth telescope, Northern Hemisphere Observatory (RGO 37/1741-1744); and the 36-inch telescope (RGO 37/1745).

RGO 37/1746-1749: Photographs of observatories, telescopes, etc.

RGO 37/1750: Royal Astronomical Society correspondence


  • Creation: 1928 - 1975


Conditions Governing Access

From the Management Group:

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Biographical / Historical

Roderick Oliver Redman (1905-1975) was born at Rodborough, near Stroud, Gloucestershire, on 17 July 1906. He attended Marling School, Stroud, before joining St John's College, Cambridge, in 1923. He was appointed Assistant Astronomer at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, Victoria, British Columbia, in 1928, and became the Assistant Director of the Solar Physics Observatory, Cambridge, in 1931. He was a lecturer in astrophysics at Cambridge from 1933 to 1937, and was a Fellow of St John's College, 1932-1939 and from 1947 onwards. Redman was appointed Chief Assistant at the Radcliffe Observatory, Pretoria, in 1937. He became Professor of Astrophysics and Director of the Observatories at Cambridge University in 1947, and remained in the post until 1972, when he became Professor Emeritus. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1946, and served as its President, 1959-1961. He died in Cambridge on 6 March 1975.


22 archive box(es) (22 boxes) : paper/photograph

Language of Materials






Spanish; Castilian

Other Finding Aids

A partial handlist is available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collected by Redman and subsequently presented to the R.G.O. Archives.


This description was created by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Redman in 'Who Was Who', Vol. VII, 1971-1980 (London, 1981), p. 658.


Redman, Roderick Oliver

Finding aid date

2007-02-22 15:52:45+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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