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Authorised form of nameArden-Close; Sir; Charles Frederick (1865 - 1952); surveyor and geographer
Other forms of nameCharles Frederick Arden-
Close, Sir Charles Frederick
Other forms of surnameClose
Dates1865 - 1952
NationalityBritish
Place of birthSt Saviour's, Jersey, United Kingdom
Date of birth10 August 1865
Place of deathEnniskerry Nursing Home, Sleepers Hill, Winchester, England
Date of death19/12/1952
Occupationsurveyor and geographer
Research fieldSurveying
Geography
Geodesy
ActivityEducation:
Dame-school, Rochester; Thompson's school, Jersey; Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; School of Military Engineering, Chatham
Career:
Served a year in Gibraltar (1886); attached to and later commanded the balloon section at Chatham (1887-8); posted to India serving on battery construction for the Hooghly defences, surveying India (1889-93), followed by topographic work in Burma, and geodetic triangulation in Mandalay; returned to Chatham; sent to west Africa to survey the boundary between the Niger Coast Protectorate and the German Cameroons (1895); appointed to the Ordnance Survey (1898); appointed CMG (1899); promoted to major (1901); lieutenant-colonel (1908); colonel (1912); led a survey detachment for the South African War; chief instructor in surveying in Chatham (1902-5); Director General of the Ordnance Survey (1911-1922) ; retired (1922); changed his surname to Arden-Close by deed poll to comply with the terms of a bequest (1938).
Honours:
CMG 1899; CB 1916; KBE 1917
Memberships:
Royal Geographical Society (President 1927–30)
Hampshire Field Club (President 1929–32; 1935–6)
British Association
Awards/Medals:
Victoria gold medal 1927
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election15/05/1919
Age at election54
ProposerArthur Robert Hinks; George Walker Walker; Henry Haversham Godwin-Austen; Arthur Matthew Weld Downing; Sidney Burrard; James Alfred Ewing; Horace Darwin
Edmond Herbert Hills; Frank Watson Dyson; Curzon of Kedleston; George Dashwood Taubman Goldie; Percy Alexander MacMahon; Richard Tetley Glazebrook; Aubrey Strahan; Ralph Allen Sampson; William Napier Shaw
RelationshipsParents: Captain (later Major-General) Frederick Close (1830–1899) and his second wife, Lydia Ann Stevens.
Spouse: Gladys Violet (d. 1953), daughter of Theodore Henry Percival, formerly of the India Office.
Children: One daughter and two sons.
Published worksRCN 33571
General contextCharles Close Society for the Study of Ordnance Survey Maps, named after him and formed in 1980.
Royal Society Obituary or MemoirClick to view (may be contained within a meeting notice, presidential address or list of death notices)
Image

Arden-Close C F, IM000895.jpg

SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Obituaries:
Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society 1952-1953 vol 8 pp 327-339, plate, by J de Graaff-Hunter
Notes:
Elected a Fellow as Sir Charles Frederick Close; subsequently changed name to Arden-Close.
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/9334620
Royal Society codeNA1322
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1919/04Arden-Close, Sir Charles Frederick: certificate of election to the Royal Society
IM/000895Close, Sir Charles Frederick, later Arden-Closend
IM/000894Close, Sir Charles Frederick, later Arden-Close1922
NLB/63/159Copy letter from unknown correspondent; to Sir Charles Close, FRS07 July 1922
NLB/56/817Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles [Frederick Arden] Close, FRS30 May 1919
NLB/69/24Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles Close, FRS14 December 1925
NLB/57/709Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to unknown correspondent22 January 1920
NLB/57/318Copy letter from Sir Arthur Schuster, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles [Frederick Arden-Close] Close, FRS; 25 Winn load, Southampton14 October 1919
NLB/64/199Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles [Frederick Arden] Close, FRS22 February 1923
NLB/61/905Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles [Frederick Arden] Close, FRS10 November 1921
NLB/61/571Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles [Frederick Arden] Close, FRS8 August 1921
NLB/61/224Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles [Frederick Arden] Close, FRS2 June 1921
NLB/57/306Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Dr [Sir Arthur] Schuster, Secretary of the Royal Society11 October 1919
NLB/61/596Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles [Frederick Arden] Close, FRS15 September 1921
NLB/64/84Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles [Frederick Arden] Close, Chairman of the National Committee for Geography and FRS30 January 1923
NLB/63/43Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society and FRS; to Sir Charles [Frederick Arden-] Close, FRS16 June 1922
NLB/62/769Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles [Frederick Arden] Close, FRS4 May 1922
NLB/63/74Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society and FRS; to Sir Charles Close, FRS20 June 1922
NLB/64/21Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles [Arden Frederick] Close, FRS19 January 1923
NLB/64/128Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles [Frederick Arden] Close, FRS5 February 1923
NLB/64/361Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles [Frederick Arden] Close, FRS22 March 1923
NLB/64/668Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles [Frederick Arden-]Close, K.B.E, FRS29 May 1923
NLB/67/479Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles [Arden] Close, FRS7 January 1925
NLB/65/906Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir [Charles Frederick Arden] Close, FRS26 January 1924
NLB/67/285Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles [Arden] Close, FRS1 December 1924
NLB/68/284Copy letter from James Hopwood Jeans, Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles [Arden] Close, FRS12 June 1925
NLB/68/433Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles [Arden] Close, FRS; International Geographical Union, Winchester11 July 1925
NLB/69/553Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Dr. [George Thurland] Prior, FRS7 June 1926
NLB/68/504Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles [Arden] Close, FRS, Chairman of the National Committee for Geography20 July 1925
NLB/57/221Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles [Frederick] Close [Arden-Close], FRS, RE; Ordnance Survey Office, Southampton[?] September 1919
RR/65/106Referee's report by Charles Frederick Arden-Close, on a paper 'Some experimental observations for longitude made by theodolite fitted with a shutter eyepiece' by James De Graaff-Hunter9 March 1938
NLB/64New Letter Book volume 64, copy letters sent from Royal Society administration19 January 1923-11 July 1923
NLB/57New Letter Book volume 57, copy letters sent from Royal Society administration27 June 1919-27 February 1920
NLB/56/834Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Sir Charles [Frederick Arden] Close, FRS6 June 1919
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