Friends of the RAS (only) lecture - The Gill-100 project

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The Gill-100 project

Paul Haley


Sir David Gill (1843-1914) was an Aberdeen clock-maker who became a global astronomer.

This talk will describe some of the research findings from the Gill-100 project (part funded by an RAS grant) including the Dun Echt Observatory and the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope which Gill led for 28 years to develop the leading observatory in the southern hemisphere.

Gill died on 24 January 1914 so this fRAS talk coincides with his 100th anniversary - his portrait faces the foot of stairs at Burlington House. 

Paul Haley is a Director of Space Today UK and has 20 years secondary teaching experience. During the past 13 years Paul has led seven astronomical outreach projects - working as Director of The Share Initiative. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS) and a member of both the British Astronomical Association (BAA) and the Society for the History of Astronomy (SHA).

Paul is currently working on stained glass designs for astronomical heritage themes including a 100th anniversary celebratory panel for Sir David Gill (1843-1914) for an Aberdeen location.


The talk will be followed by a wine reception in the Library.