Astronomers: Worcestershire

Clarke, George Thomas Smith- [FRAS] (1884-1960), born Bewdley, Worcs., an automotive and medical engineer, and keen amateur astronomer (see WarwickshireODNB).

Davies, Charles Douglas Percy [Rev., FRAS] (1856-1931), born Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, educated at Cheltenham College and Pembroke College, Oxford. Ordained in 1880 his other interests included campanology and astronomy.  A founder member of the BAA he was elected president in 1924. In contributions to astronomy laid in optics and the fabrication of mirrors.  He retired to Kemerton in Worcestershire, near to Tewkesbury where he observed with a 9-inch reflector with a With mirror (Stroobant 1931; Obit. MNRAS, 92 (1932), 246-8).

Eld, Francis John [Revd.; FRAS] (1830-1922), born Foleshill, Warwick.  Head Master of the Grammar School at Worcester, a solar observer who contributed to the Solar Section of the British Astronomical Association.  After retirement he moved to Suffolk, taking the living of Polstead.

Lyttleton, Raymond Arthur [Prof.] (1911–1995), born Warley Woods, near Birmingham, graduating at St John’s College, Cambridge (see CambridgeshireODNB).

Parkes, Samuel Hickling [FRAS] (1817-1896), born Birmingham who joined in the family business of the optical and mathematical instrument makers, J. Parkes and Son of St Mary’s Row, Birmingham. With a wide interest in science including microscopy, he is known to have an observervatory (until 1880s) at his home at Kings Norton (1865-85) housing an 5-inch refractor (Obit., MNRAS, 57 (1897), 216).

Perrins, Charles William Dyson [FRAS] (1864-1958), Davenham, Malvern, RAS member for 63 years (ODNB; Obit., MNRAS, 119 (1959),  350)*.

Perrins, James Dyson [FRAS] (1823-1887), donated a 6-prism spectrograph to the RAS (Obit., MNRAS, 49 (1889), 163-4)*.

Walcher [aka Walcher of Lorraine] (fl.1091-1135), born in the region of Lorraine (present-day France-Low Countries-Germany) coming to England around 1091becoming Prior of Malvern (1120-35). He is the known author of two astronomical texts, De Lunationibus [on lunations] (before 1112) and De Dracone [the Dragon] (1120-1). The first was an attempt to tabulate the start date, and calculate the mean duration, of each lunation across four complete Metonic Cycles from the year 1036 to 1111. The second work is much more sophisticated and it alludes to the position of  lunar orbital nodes, knowledge of which is vital for predicting both solar and lunar eclipses (Nothalft 2017; McCluskey 1998, 180-4).

Wooldridge, Harry [Henry] Ewart (1913-2006) of ‘Lyndhurst’, Stoke Road, Aston Fields, Bromsgrove, Worcs. Like Ball he started with a 16cm reflector, but later had a 22cm and a 25cm reflector (photo, JBAA, 123 [2] (2013), p. 119).  A foreman engineer, like Burrell, he made parts for the others. Wooldridge was a superb artist, and produced many coloured planetary and lunar drawings. A member of “Mr Barker’s Circle”, an observing group of eight men active from April 1934 to December 1938 and May 1946 to May 1948 (see HertfordshireMcKim 2013).

*These 2 men are  associated with Lea & Perrins Worcester Sauce

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