Distinguished present and future knights at these functions included the likes of Sir Arthur Eddington, Sir Edward Appleton, Sir William Bragg (a Nobel prize winner), Sir Frank Dyson (BAA President 1916-1918), Sir Harold Spencer Jones (BAA President 1934-1936, and knighted in 1943) and Sir Richard Gregory.
Alfred Parr in the chair, the members were able to listen to Dr Harold Spencer Jones, the Astronomer Royal, deliver a lecture about work being carried out at The Cape Observatory, to deter mine the solar parallax and the mass of the Moon from observations of the close passage of asteroid (433) Eros in 1931.
At the restaurant, immediately following the meeting, (16) the official guests were Dr Harold Spencer Jones and his wife, Sir William H.
Both the present and past Astronomers Royal attended (Dr Harold Spencer Jones and his predecessor Sir Frank Dyson) as well as Prof F.
(24) The President, Dr Harold Spencer Jones, was again in the chair.
All of them, from the Roman engineering expert Sextus Julius Frontinus, who said 2,000 years ago that everything useful had already been invented, to Astronomer Royal Sir Harold Spencer Jones
, who, in 1957, dismissed the idea of space flight as "bunk" - a fortnight before the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1.
Fourteen observatories in nine countries took part under the leadership of the English astronomer Harold Spencer Jones
There is a curious sentence appearing in the later editions of General Astronomy by Sir Harold Spencer Jones
(it does not occur in the first edition of 1922).
Africa where it would be more useful than in England.' (9) It is all the more surprising then, that Dyson's successor, Harold Spencer Jones, acquiesced in a decision to site a 98-inch telescope near the south coast of England and, as we shall see, remained firmly opposed to locating the INT overseas.
Work of this type, which was continued under Christie's successors, Frank Dyson and Harold Spencer Jones, demanded larger telescopes and also darker and clearer skies than were available in east London.
RGO 9: Papers of Harold Spencer Jones. RGO 10: Papers of Sir Richard Woolley.