Astronomers: Carmarthanshire

Evans, David [Revd.] (1858-1910), the vicar at Cynwyl Elfed.  He was an amateur. and observer, who possessed 18-inch reflecting telescope  (Jones 2014, 79).

Daniell, Alfred [Dr.; DSc; FRSE] (1853-?),  amateur observer orignally from Llanelli.

Davies, Tegfan, Rev. Dr. (1883-1968), amateur observer and popular lecturer, born Abergwili, later lived in Ammanford.

Evans, John Silas, Canon (1864-1953) amateur astronomer, popular lecturer and author, originated from Pencarreg and returned to Pencarreg in old age (Jones 2014, 80).

Harries, Thomas (1871-?), amateur observer, Llanelli (Jones 2014, 78) .

Lower, William [Sir] (c.1570-1615), Trefenty, early telescopic observer (Jones 2014, 68-9).

Mee, Arthur Butler Phillips (1860-1926), amateur astronomer and
author, spent his early years in Llanelli (Jones 2014, 77).

Prydderch (Protheroe), John (c.1582-c.1624),  from Nantyrhebog who was an early telescopic observer (Jones 2014, 68-9).

Wilkins, Hugh Percival [Percy] (1896-1960), born in Carmarthen and lived his early life in Llanelli, Wales. He joined the BAA in 1918. Director BAA Lunar Section 1945-56. He rebuilt the Section, with a team of outstanding observers, among a Section strength by 1952 of more than 130. But instead of a move towards scientific analysis, he adopted the ‘new selenography’ of W.H. Pickering, Elger and Goodacre, which emphasised mapping in fine detail, searching for lunar change, and belief in the volcanic origin of most features. Wilkins was “perhaps the last of the classical Moon-mappers, producing successive charts of 100 inches, 200 inches, and, finally, 300 inches diametre”. He used an 18-inch Newtonian. However he was not sufficiently cautious in questioning detail, which led him to extravagant claims about changes and unusual phenomena. His reputation was damaged, and he resigned in 1956 (Leatherbarrow 2013, 148-9; Jones 2014, 79) .

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