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Correspondence on Government grants correspondence, 1887 - 1926

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/241

Scope and Contents

Correspondence and related papers concerning the Government grants administered by the Royal Society.

(1) Correspondence on Government grants, 1887-1895

Letter from G.G. Stokes requesting a £300 grant on behalf of D. Gill, 1887.

Letter from M. Forster suggesting a meeting to discuss the merits of the claim, 1888.

Letter from J. McLaren on behalf of W. Peck, 1888, regarding a grant towards a photographic survey of the northern skies, with Christie's refusal.

Application from W. Peck for a grant towards a photographic map, 1888, with Christie's refusal and Peck's thanks.

Covering letters and explanation of J.N. Lockyer's request for a grant of £125, 1889.

Table of Government grants for 1889.

Covering letters and a suggested application to the Government Grants Committee by A.W. Rücker and Dr Thorpe for their work on magnetism, with Christie's approval of the application, 1890.

Application by J.S. Plummer for a grant to publish his cometary observations, 1890, with a consideration by Christie and a suggestion to M. Foster that a sum of £50 be paid.

Application and a refusal of a grant to R. Grant for his second star catalogue, 1892.

Correspondence between Christie and B. Price concerning his application for outstanding government grants, 1892-1895.

Estimate of the cost of revising Taylor's Madras star catalogue, 1894.

(2) Papers and correspondence concerning A.R. Hinks's application for a government grant for his work on observing Eros, solar parallax and the mass of the Moon, 1904-1908

Summary and explanation, 1905, of Hinks's plans to determine the solar parallax and the mass of the Moon from observations of Eros during 1900-1901.

Reduction, made in 1904, of 295 photographs of Eros taken at nine observatories during 1900-1901.

Letter of thanks to Christie from Hinks concerning star places, 1905.

Notes on the reduction of Eros observations for determining solar parallax and the mass of the Moon, 1905.

Correspondence between Hinks and F.W. Dyson concerning grants for the Eros reductions, 1904-1905.

'Note on a proposed definitive reduction of observations of the planet Eros for the determination of solar parallax and the mass of the Moon' by Hinks, 1904.

Correspondence between H.H. Turner and F.W. Dyson concerning the errors of Trepeid's astrographic observations and the importance of Hinks's work to avoid these problems.

Objections by F.W. Dyson to a large grant being given to Hinks, 1905.

Suggestions for a meeting to discuss Hinks's claim, 1905.

Formation of an Eros Committee to undertake reductions of the minor planet, 1905.

Memoranda of the Eros Committee by R.A. Sampson, 1905.

Discussions between Christie, H.H. Turner and G.H. Darwin concerning Hinks's Eros report, 1907-1908.

Estimates for the Eros reductions, 1905.

(3) Government Grant Committee applications, 1901-1926

H.H. Turner's application for £300 to reduce astrographic observations, 1901.

Application by G.C. Foster, on behalf of Mr Nalgonwala, for a £300 grant for a spectroscope, 1901.

Successful application by F.W. Dyson for £50 to complete the counting of stars on the Franklin Adams photographic plates, 1911.

Minutes of the Government Grant Committee and its subordinate bodies, 1913.

H.H. Turner's application for £100 to reduce the Santiago astrographic plates, 1917.

Royal Society Government grants and scientific investigation reports, 1918-1920.

Expression of doubt by J.W.L. Glaisher over the worthiness of G. Nevill's application, 1920.

Proposition and an acceptance of F.W. Dyson as Chairman of the Government Grant Board A, 1921.

Government grant reports, 1921-1922.

Request for £1350 for the Christmas Island Eclipse Expedition, 1923.

Proposition and acceptance of F.W. Dyson to serve on the General Board of the National Physical Laboratory, 1924.

Notice to F.W. Dyson to serve on the Government Grant Board B, 1924-1925.

Assessment of D. Robertson's electric pendulums, 1926.

(4) Reports on communications, 1892-1901

Covering letters for J.N. Lockyer's paper on photographic spectra of some brighter stars, 1892.

Report by Christie on Lockyer's paper, 1893.

Proof paper of 'photographic spectra of some of the brighter stars' by J.N. Lockyer, 1893.

Covering letter and Christie's report on A.W. Rücker and Dr Thorpe's paper on 'a magnetic survey of the British Isles for the epoch, 1891 January 1st', 1894.

Covering letters and W.H.M. Christie's report on J.N. Lockyer's 'Photographic spectrum of the Great Nebula in Orion', 1894.

Covering letter on Captain Creak's 'magnetism results of the voyage of HMS Penguin 1890-1893', 1895.

Covering letter and Christie's report 'on the orientation of certain Greek temples and the dates of their foundation' by Mr Penrose, 1897.

Covering letter and Christie's report on F. McClean's 'Comparative photographic spectra of stars to the magnitude 3.5', 1897.

Query over the implementation of the Gregorian calendar in Eastern Europe, 1897.

Covering letters and Christie's remarks on J.N. Lockyer's 'The Piscium Stars', 1899-1901.


  • Creation: 1887 - 1926


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