Authorised form of nameRumker; Karl Ludwig Christian (1788 - 1862); astronomer
Dates1788 - 1862
Place of birthBurg Stargard, Mecklenburg, Germany, Europe
Date of birth28 May 1788
Place of deathLisbon, Portugal, Europe
Date of death21 December 1862
Research fieldAstronomy
Builders' Academy, Berlin (1807)
Taught mathematics in Hamburg (1807-1809); Midshipman in the British East India Company; Merchant Navy (1811-1813); Schoolmaster, Royal Navy (1813-1817); took part in an expedition to Algiers whilst serving on HMS Albion (1816); Director, School of Navigation , Hamburg (1819-1820); Astronomer, Paramatta Observatory, New South Wales (1821-1823), Government Astronomer, Australia (1826-182); Director,, Hamburg Observatory (1830-1833); Director, Hamburg Sternwarte, Stadtwall (1833-1857); resided in Lisbon, Portugal (1857-1862)
Silver medal of the Royal Astronomical Society for his e-discovery of Comet Encke 1822; gold medal of the Institut de France
Membership categoryForeign Member
Date of election14/06/1855
Age at election67
Bulloch's Roll
Proc Roy Soc 1863-1864 vol 13 pp xvi-xix
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA3777
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1855/19Rumker, Karl Ludwig Christian: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MM/22/67Letter from Charles Rumker, with Professor Schumacher in Altona, to Davies Gilbert, President of the Royal Society, Somerset House, London 5 March 1830
MC/1/352Letter from Thomas Henderson, 1 Old Palace Yard, Westminster, [Dr. Peter Mark Roget and John George Children,] Secretaries of the Royal Society13 December 1831
MC/1Volume 1 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1800-1831
AP/11/5/3Unpublished letter, regarding fourth set of observations from Australia from Tho [Thomas] Brisbane to Sir H [Humphry] Davy14 February 1823
AP/11/5/4Unpublished letter, regarding meteorological observations in Australia from Tho [Thomas] Brisbane to Sir H [Humphry] Davy18 April 1823
AP/11/5/2Unpublished letter, regarding astronomical observations from Australia from Tho [Thomas] Brisbane to Sir Humphry Davy18 January 1823
AP/11/5/1Unpublished letter, regarding observations at Australian Observatory from Tho [Thomas] Brisbane to Sir Humphry Davy6 September 1822
AP/11/5/6Unpublished letter, regarding observations with invariable pendulum from Tho [Thomas] Brisbane to Capt [Henry] Kater6 November 1824
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