Papers on appointments and regulations, 1880 - 1925
Scope and Contents
(1) Correspondence between the Admiralty and the Astronomer Royal regarding staff appointments, applications and regulations:
G.S. Criswick, Second Class Assistant, retires on a pension, 1896.
H.P. Hollis, Second Class Assistant, promoted to First Class Assistant, 1896.
P.H. Cowell appointed Chief Assistant, 1896.
H. Outhwaite appointed Clerical Assistant, 1897.
W.C. Nash, Superintendent of the Magnetical and Meteorological section, retires on a pension, 1903.
Walter W. Bryant, Second Class Assistant, promoted to Assistant in charge of the Magnetic and Meteorological section, 1903.
A.C.D. Crommelin, Second Class Assistant, promoted to First Class Assistant.
C. Davidson, Established Computer, promoted to Established Computer, Higher Grade.
F.W. Dyson, Chief Assistant, resigns on being appointed Astronomer Royal for Scotland, 1906.
A. Eddington appointed Chief Assistant.
Sir William Christie, Astronomer Royal, resigns his office, 1 October 1910, and is replaced with F.W. Dyson. The only papers concerning Dyson's appointment are a congratulatory letter to him from Christie, with Dyson's acknowledgement.
P.H. Cowell, Chief Assistant, resigns on being appointed Superintendent of the Nautical Almanac Office, 1910.
S. Chapman appointed Chief Assistant.
B.D. Evans, Established Computer, resigns on being appointed First Assistant in the Hong Kong Observatory, 1912.
H.W. Acton, C.J. Passfield and F. Jeffries are examined for the post of Junior Assistant and Acton is appointed, 1912.
J.E. Evans, Junior Assistant, resigns on being appointed Second Assistant Astronomer in Ceylon, 1912.
F. Jeffries, Temporary Computer, appointed Junior Assistant, 1912.
E.W. Maunder, Assistant, his services retained until the completion of 40 years' service, 1911.
A.S. Eddington appointed Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy at Cambridge University, resigns from the post of Chief Assistant and is succeeded by H.S. Jones, 1913.
W.G. Thackeray, Senior Assistant, his services retained until the completion of 40 years' service, and then for further individual periods totalling five years, 1913.
W.G. Thackeray, Senior Assistant, retires on a pension, 1919.
E.W. Maunder, Assistant, retires on a pension, 1913.
W. Bowyer, Junior Assistant, promoted to Junior Assistant, Higher Grade, 1913.
T. Lewis applies for compensation for injuries suffered whilst adjusting the Time Ball, 1914.
G. Bartle, E. Chamberlain, W. Davis, F. Entwistle and H. Newton are nominated and examined for the post of Junior Assistant and Newton is appointed, 1913.
S. Chapman, Chief Assistant, appointed Mathematical Lecturer at Trinity College, Cambridge, and resigns from the post of Chief Assistant, 1914.
J. Jackson appointed Chief Assistant, 1914.
J.E. Evans retires on pension due to illness (mental ill-health), 1925.
Special regulations for examinations for Second Class Assistants, 1881.
General regulations for Civil Service posts .
Limits of age and subjects of examination for Second Class Assistants.
Special regulations for examinations for Junior Assistants, 1880, 2 copies.
General regulations for Civil Service posts, 1880, 2 copies.
Applications for a clerical assistant to be placed on the same scale of pay as a staff clerk and an application for a Second Division Clerk to deal with the clerical work of the Royal Observatory (the appointment of an Established Computer was approved in lieu of a clerk), 1901-1902.
Memorandum and correspondence on the increase in clerical work at the Royal Observatory.
H. Outhwaite, Clerical Assistant, applies for an increase in his scale of pay, which is refused, 1907-1908.
Request from the assistants at the Royal Observatory to the Astronomer Royal for improved salaries, 1906-1907, with related correspondence and various tables and graphs on salary scales within the Civil Service over a number of years.
Enquiry from S. Leathes of the Civil Service Commission, 'How are Assistants appointed?', 1907.
List of Royal Observatory staff, with a copy, 1916.
- 1880 - 1925
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Language of Materials
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Finding aid date
- Cowell, Philip Herbert, 1870 - 1949 (mathematician and astronomer)
- Crommelin, Andrew Claude de la Cherois, 1865 - 1939 (astronomer)
- Dyson, Frank Watson, Sir, 1868 - 1939 (Knight, astronomer)
- Eddington, Arthur Stanley, Sir, 1882 - 1944 (Knight, theoretical physicist and astrophysicist)
- Maunder, Edward Walter, 1851 - 1928 (astronomer)
- Thackeray, William Grasett, 1936 (assistant at Royal Observatory)