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Research into this county was carried out by the late  Kenneth J Goward FRAS



Astronomy Groups

Authors, lecturers, boadcasters

Sir George Biddell Airy [KCB];  7th Astronomer Royal (1801–1892)

John Isaac Plummer [FRAS] (1845–1925)

Edmund Leger (1841–1913)

Academics and associated professionals

Sir George Biddell Airy [KCB];  7th Astronomer Royal (1801–1892)

John Isaac Plummer [FRAS] (1845–1925)

George Claver [FRAS] (1834–1927)

Charles May [FRS; FRAS] (1800–1860)

Telescope/equipment manufacturers

George Calver, Telescope and Mirror maker, Walpole (1904–1927

Ransomes of Ipswich (also variously called Ransomes & May, Ransomes,Simms & Jeffries, Ransome & Head, Ransomes & Rapier) manufacturers of telescope mounts at Orwell Works, Ipswich in the mid 19th century.

Optical Vision Limited (Sales outlet) Unit 2B, Woolpit Business Park, Woolpit, Bury-St-Edmunds, IP30 9UP.

4 Responses to Suffolk

  1. Richard Goodwin says:

    I’m trying to look up Alfred Goodwin who was Secretary of the Ipswich & District Astronomical Astronomical society until he had a heart attack in1957. Have you any links?
    (I remember as a small child watch Saturn at Orwell Park and being tired and very cold.)
    Richard Goodwin
    01256 771855

    • Survey of Astronomical History says:

      Dear Richard

      I am afraid I have no information on the person you are seeking, I would suggest you contact an astronomy society in the Suffolk area such as the Orwell Society.


    • Paul Whiting says:

      I will raise with the archivist of the Orwell Astronomical Society, the successor to the IDAS.

      Paul Whiting
      OAS Treasurer

    • Paul Whiting says:

      further to my previous reply, here is a link to our website concerning IDAS. Alfred Goodwin was actually Chairman for a while, acting also as secretary when the post suddenly became vacant. If you have any more details we would be grateful to see them.


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