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Authorised form of nameLassell; William (1799 - 1880); Astronomer
SurnameLassell
ForenamesWilliam
Dates1799 - 1880
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Bolton, Lancashire, England (18 June 1799)
Death:
Maidenhead, Berkshire (05 October 1880)
ActivityProfession:
Merchant
Research Field:
Astronomy
Career:
Apprentice in a merchant's office, Liverpool; began to construct telescopes (1820); set up as a brewer (1825); built an observatory at Starfield, near Liverpool (1840); discovered Neptune's satellite (1846); built a telescope at Valetta, Malta and used it to make observations; returned to England and set up an observatory near Maidenhead
Memberships:
FRAS
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
7/06/1849
Medals/Prizes:
Royal Medal 1858
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
Obituaries:
Proc Roy Soc 1880-1881 vol 31 pp vii-x
References:
A A Mills and R Hall, 'The Production of a Plane Surface. As Illustrated by Specula From Some Early Newtonian Telescopes' in NR 1982-83 vol 37 pp 147-166
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/22923231
Royal Society codeNA7987
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/002638Lassell, Willliam1992
IM/002639Lassell, Willliamnd
EC/1849/09Lassell, William: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MM/19/110Letter from William Lassell to Thomas Bell, Secretary, Southern Telescope Committee2 July 1853
MM/19/112Letter from Thomas Romney Robinson to Edward Sabine28 July 1853
RR/6/250Referee's report by William Lassell, on a paper 'Description of the Great Melbourne telescope' by Thomas Romney Robinson and Thomas Grubb28 November 1868
RR/7/383Letter from the Laurence Parsons, Earl of Rosse on a paper 'On polishing the specula of reflecting telescopes' by William Lassell15 February 1875
RR/7/382Referee's report by Warren De La Rue, on a paper 'On polishing the specula of reflecting telescopes' by William Lassell25 January 1875
RR/7/384Referee's report by Laurence Parsons, Earl of Rosse on a paper 'On polishing the specula of reflecting telescopes' by William Lassell5 February 1875
MM/12/75Letter from William Lassell, Valletta, to Thomas Bell30 December 1852
IM/Maull/002637Lassell, Willliamnd
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