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Airy, Sir George Biddell, 1801-1892 (Astronomer Royal, 1835-1881)



  • Existence: 27 July 1801- 2 Janauary 1892

Updated for

Charles Lyell Project - 2020

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Correspondence of Sir Charles Lyell, A-B, 1829-1903

 Sub-Series — Box: Lyell Temp Box 1.1 (Formerly Gen 108)
Identifier: Coll-203/1 folio(s) 1-494
Scope and Contents Correspondence of Sir Charles Lyell, A-B consists of:
  1. letters from colleagues and acquaintances from around the world including fellow scientists such as George Biddell Airy, Etienne Jules Adolph Desmier de St-Simon, James Scott Bowerbank and Charles James Fox Bunbury.
  2. (1829-1903)
Dates: 1829-1903

Letter to Sir Charles Lyell from James Croll, 18 May 1865

Identifier: Coll-203/1 folio(s) 585
Scope and Contents Letter to Sir Charles Lyell from James Croll referring to several works by Duperry, Nichol and A Keitz Johnston and discussing Superior and Subordinate Maxima. He asks Lyell to pass on any information he receives from the Astronomer Royal, 18 May 1865.
Dates: 18 May 1865

Letters from Airy G.B., to Lyell, Charles, 6 March 1835 - 27 March 1865

Identifier: Coll-203/1/5
Scope and Contents Letters are summarised as: 1) Explaining the theories of 'uniformity of the sea depth' in reference to equations from Mary Somerville and Pierre Simon de Laplace. Mentions seperate theory of absolute depth in relation to the moon and tides. Adds personal views on Somerville and De Laplace's theories. 2) Mentions Charles Henry Davis (US Navy - researcher of tides and currents) paper on the winds impact on tide direction and the the winds influence on the movement of shingle...
Dates: 6 March 1835 - 27 March 1865

Notebook No.150, February 1847- March 1847

 Item — Box: Lyell-temp-box 6
Identifier: Coll-203/A1/150
Scope and Contents This black leather notebook was written whilst Lyell was in London, at 11 Harley Street and starts with memoranda, then a list of 'scientific visitors'. Written in London in the years between his travels in America, this notebook considers giraffe and bony fossil fish, but in particular focuses on the work of William, Ellery Channing (April 7, 1780 – October 2, 1842), Unitarian preacher, and on race, slavery and religion. Lyell's own index ...
Dates: February 1847- March 1847