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The history of
Astronomy in
Wales:
Introduction



Published
Summaries
of the Subject



People


Publications:
Books and
Journals



Astronomical
Societies in
Wales



Astronomical
Observatories
in Wales



Universities
in Wales



Historic
Observations



Eclipses in
Wales



Meteorite
Falls in Wales



Names of
astronomical
objects



Odds and
ends



Commentary


Web
Links



  

ODDS   AND   ENDS

IN THE HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY IN WALES



Some miscellaneous interesting facts about astronomy in Wales are presented on this page.

The English amateur astronomer William Lassell (1799-1880) made his fortune from brewing beer, which enabled him to pursue his interest in astronomy and to build some of the largest telescopes of the time. His main brewing activities were located in Northwest England, but he did also operate the Lassell and Sharman brewery in Caergwrle near Wrexham.

John Crichton Stuart (1793-1848), Second Marquis of Bute, was a major landowner in Glamorgan: he greatly expanded the coalmining industry and developed the city of Cardiff. However, he was also a Fellow of the Royal Astronomy Society for many years. There is no record of any astronomical activities, but he did employ Admiral Henry Smyth (1788-1865) to supervise the construction of Cardiff Docks. Admiral Smyth was a highly distinguished amateur astronomer who completed his celebrated book A Cycle of Celestial Objects, popularly known as the Bedford Catalogue, while he lived in Cardiff.




   
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