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EDWARDS, ERNEST - Portrait of George Bidell Airy, M.A., LL.D., D.C.L.

Title: Portrait of George Bidell Airy, M.A., LL.D., D.C.L.
Description: London, Alfred William Bennett, 1866. Original photograph by Ernest Edwards, albumen print, 8,8 x 6,8 cm, with 7 pages Biographical Memoirs. Sir George Biddell Airy KCB PRS (27 July 1801 - 2 January 1892) was an English mathematician and astronomer, Astronomer Royal from 1835 to 1881. His many achievements include work on planetary orbits, measuring the mean density of the Earth, a method of solution of two-dimensional problems in solid mechanics and, in his role as Astronomer Royal, establishing Greenwich as the location of the prime meridian. His reputation has been tarnished by allegations that, through his inaction, Britain lost the opportunity of priority in the discovery of Neptune. Airy was born at Alnwick, one of a long line of Airys who traced their descent back to a family of the same name residing at Kentmere, in Westmorland, in the 14th century. The branch to which he belonged, having suffered in the English Civil War, moved to Lincolnshire and became farmers. Airy was educated first at elementary schools in Hereford, and afterwards at Colchester Royal Grammar School. An introverted child, Airy gained popularity with his schoolmates through his great skill in the construction of peashooters.

Keywords: Great Brittain

Price: EUR 96.00 = appr. US$ 104.34 Seller: KRUL Antiquarian Books
- Book number: 75615