Making Kew Observatory: the Royal Society, the British Association and the politics of early Victorian science.

@article{Macdonald2015MakingKO,
  title={Making Kew Observatory: the Royal Society, the British Association and the politics of early Victorian science.},
  author={L. Macdonald},
  journal={British journal for the history of science},
  year={2015},
  volume={48 3},
  pages={
          409-33
        }
}
  • L. Macdonald
  • Published 2015
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • British journal for the history of science
Built in 1769 as a private observatory for King George III, Kew Observatory was taken over in 1842 by the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS). It was then quickly transformed into what some claimed to be a 'physical observatory' of the sort proposed by John Herschel - an observatory that gathered data in a wide range of physical sciences, including geomagnetism and meteorology, rather than just astronomy. Yet this article argues that the institution which emerged in the… Expand
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