Sunday, 3 May 2009

Thursday May 3, 1894

Arranged with Desforges (from Troughton & Simms) mounting of Half prism spectroscope on Great Equatorial (28in). Meeting of Board A of Govt Grant Comee at R.S. at 3.

William Christie, Astronomer Royal

RH says..... The Government Grant Committee of the Royal Society, as the name suggests, met to decide how to distribute the sum that the government voted annually for the direct support of scientific research. This scheme dated back to 1850, although only became an annual payment in 1856. Subcommittees were formed for the various branches of science - astronomy and mathematics, as at the British Association for the Advancement of Science, was section A.

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