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Associated People

Mees, Chales Edward Kenneth (1882-1960), born Wellingborough, a photographic scientist who first worked for Wratten and Wainwright Ltd. developing the first panchromatic film emulsions.  After the company was taken over by the Kodak Eastman company, he moved to their photographic laboratories in Rotchester, NY.  Later after taking American citizenship he developed sensitive photographic emulsions for use in astronomy (Clark, W., Charles Edward Kenneth Mees. 1882-1960’, BMFRS, 7 (1961), 172–96).

Usherwood, William (1821-1915), a portrait, miniature painter and photographer based in Dorking (1860-1907). He is noted for being the first person to successfully photograph of a comet using a portrait lens – Comet Donati, 1858 (Report of the Council to the Thirty-ninth Annual General Meeting of the Society, MNRAS, 19 (1859), 138-9; Pasachoff 1996).


Astronomy Groups


Optical Services Limited, founded 1962 to produce specialist scientific optics for space, astronomy and high energy physics uses.  Based at Kenley they have established an international reputation supplying optics to NASA, ESA and CERN.

3 Responses to Surrey

  1. Survey of Astronomical History says:

    Dear John

    Such information would be welcomed both for the current manufacturing centres and universities past and present. So far only university observatories have been included, but I see no reason why astronomical research institution should not be included especially if an observing facility is included.


  2. Survey of Astronomical History says:

    Dear John

    We already have a brief entry for Jeans on our Lancs. page as his birth place. I will add this extra information to the Cambridge and Surrey page with suitable links.


  3. Dear John

    There is no simple answer to your question as magnetic observations both impinge upon both astronomy and geology. I would be inclined to only list magnetic observatories if they were associated with the British observatories such as the ROG/RGO etc. However I am open to suggestions.


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