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Author Hutchins, Roger, 1946-

Title British university observatories, 1772-1939 / Roger Hutchins.

Published Aldershot, Hampshire, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate Pub. Co., [2008]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bund  522.1941 HUTC {Bund89 20200519}    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxiii, 533 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Series Science, technology and culture, 1700-1945.
Science, technology, and culture, 1700-1945.
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [441]-472) and index.
Contents 1. Making Niches, Founding the Observatories -- 2. Academic Astronomers in the Age of the 'Grand Amateurs', 1820-1881 -- 3. Working the University Observatories, 1820-1881 -- 4. 'Encumbered with Lectures': Developing Research and Providing for Graduates, 1820-1939 -- 5. University Observatories and the Opportunities in Astrophysics, c.1880-1939 -- 6. Problems of Proximity: Oxford's Observatories, 1901-1930 -- 7. British University Observatories and the Wider World, 1919-1939 -- Conclusion: Thoughts on How Astronomical Knowledge Advances.
Summary "British University Observatories fills a gap in the historiography of British astronomy by offering the histories of these observatories identified as a group by their shared characteristics. The first full histories of the Oxford and Cambridge observatories are here central to an explanatory history of each of the six that undertook research before World War II - Oxford, Dunsink, Cambridge, Durham, Glasgow and London. Each struggled to evolve in the middle ground between the royal observatories and those of the 'Grand Amateurs' in the nineteenth century.".
"Fundamental issues are how and why astronomy came into the universities, how research was reconciled with teaching, lack of endowment, and response to the challenge of astrophysics. One organizing theme is the central importance of the individual professor-directors in determining the fortunes of these observatories, the community of assistants, and their role in institutional politics sometimes of the murkiest kind, patronage networks and discipline shaping coteries. The use of many primary sources illustrates personal motivations and experience."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Astronomical observatories -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Astronomical observatories -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Astronomical observatories -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9780754632504 (alk. paper)
0754632504 (alk. paper)