Autobiography of Sir George Biddell Airy by Sir George Biddell Airy Airy, Wilfrid Airy Airy

By Sir George Biddell Airy Airy, Wilfrid Airy Airy

Sir George Biddell ethereal (1801-1892) was once a widespread mathematician and astronomer. He used to be an honorary fellow of Trinity collage, Cambridge, fellow of the Royal Society and Astronomer Royal from 1835 till 1881. His many achievements comprise very important paintings on planetary orbits, the calculation of the suggest density of the earth and the institution of the leading meridian at Greenwich. He was once additionally consulted through the govt on a variety of concerns and tasks, serving at the weights and measures fee, the tidal harbours fee and the railway gauge fee in addition to performing as an consultant for the fix of huge Ben and the laying of the Atlantic cable. His autobiography, edited by means of his son Wilfred, contains ten chapters and is drawn from the astronomer's personal documents of the medical paintings he conducted at Greenwich Observatory with his published experiences and personal and company correspondence.

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GEORGE BIDDELL AIRY was born at Alnwick in Northumberland on July 27th 1801. His father was William Airy of Luddington in Lincolnshire, the descendant of a long line of Airys who have been traced back with a very high degree of probability to a family of that name which was settled at Kentmere in Westmorland in the 14th century. A branch of this family migrated to Pontefract in Yorkshire, where they seem to have prospered for many years, but they were involved in the consequences of the Civil Wars, and one member of the family retired to Ousefleet in Yorkshire.

But on giving some account of me to his friend Mr James D. Hustler, tutor of Trinity College, Mr Hustler urged upon him that I was exactly the proper sort of person to go to Trinity College. And thus it was settled (mainly by Mr Clarkson) that I should be entered at Trinity College. I think that I was sent for purposely from Colchester to Playford, and on March 6th, 1819, I rode in company with Mr Clarkson from Playford to Sproughton near Ipswich to be examined by the Rev. A. of Trinity College: and was examined, and my certificate duly sent to Mr Hustler: and I was entered on Mr Hustler's side as Sizar of Trinity College.

Mr Peacock at once desired that I would not consider Mr C. Musgrave's letter as an ordinary introduction, but that I would refer to him on all occasions. And I did so for several years, and always received from him the greatest assistance that he could give. I think that I did not become acquainted with Mr Whewell till the next term, when I met him at a breakfast party at Mr Peacock's. A. DEGREE. 23 to arrange for taking regular exercise, and prescribed a walk of two hours every day before dinner: a rule to which I attended regularly, and to which I ascribe the continuance of good general health.

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