Yorkshire: East Riding

Brown, Ernest William [FRS] (1866-1938), born Hull, graduated from Cambridge 1887. In 1891 he moved to Haverford College, Pennsylvania, in 1893 became Professor of Mathematics, and specialised in lunar theory (see Obit., MNRAS, 99 (1939), 300-7).

Cooke, Thomas [Cook](1807-1868), born in Allerthorpe, East Riding, opticial instrument maker (see Yorkshire: North RidingODNB; McConnell 1992; Obit., MNRAS, 29 (1868), 130-5).

Hawks, Ellison (1889-1971), born in Hull on 13 March, 1889. He was educated at Bebington College, and William Hulme Grammar School, Manchester. His early career was with the Commercial Union in Leeds. He was much interested in science and joined the Leeds Astronomical Society in 1908, being elected Secretary in 1911, and Editor shortly afterwards. He embarked on a career as a successful lecturer and writer of popular science books, publishing his first book in 1910 and two more before 1914. Hawks later became a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. (see Ellison Hawks Biography).

Milne, Edward Arthur (1896-1950), born Hull, educated Cambridge where he was assistant director of the Solar Physics Observatory 1920-24 (see Cambridgeshire; OxfordshireObit., MNRAS, 111 (1951), 160-72).

Societies and Organisations

Brough Astronomy (BroA), founded 1980s and formerly Blackburn Leisure Astronomy Society (BLAS), meeting at the Leisure Club of British Aerospace [BAE Systems] formerly Blackburn Aircraft, factory sited near the river in Brough [HU15 1BB].  The group’s observatory located at this site houses a 14-inch Meade SCT instrument.

East Riding Astronomers (ERA), founded (?). Members (24 – 2018) meet monthly (3rd Mon.) at the Friends Meeting House in Quaker Lane, Woodlands, Beverley.

Goole Astronomy Club (GoAC), founded (?).  Members meet monthly (3rd Wed.) at Goole Library, Carlisle Street, Town Centre, Goole, East Yorkshire.

Hull Literary and Philosophical Society – Astronomy Section (HLPS), established in 1920s and active until the advent of the Second World War.

Hull & East Riding Astronomical Society (HERAS), founded 1953 following the demise of the astronomy section of the HLPS. Under the patronage of the founder Dr Cameron Walker, it utilised a small observatory at Kingston High School (1953-1982).  Members have held meeting at various venues – currently at Hull and East Riding Sports Club, Hull  (HU5 4ED).

Useful addresses

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