A PERSONAL HISTORY OF
THE ROYAL GREENWICH OBSERVATORY
AT HERSTMONCEUX CASTLE, 1948-1990

By George A. Wilkins

CHAPTER 3  COMPLETION OF THE MOVE AND CONSOLIDATION : 1956-1965

This chapter begins with a review of the impact of the appointment of Richard Woolley as the Astronomer Royal on the character of the work of the RGO, such as the priority given to astrophysical research and the use of overseas telescopes in, for example, South Africa. The completion of the new buildings and of the moves of staff was marked by a visit by the Duke of Edinburgh. The activities of the departments, including the acquisition of an electronic computer and the expansion of the engineering work, are described in turn. The final section includes notes on the libraries and archives and on the annual summer vacation courses for students that proved to be very successful.

3.1 The impact of Richard Woolley
3.1.1   Career and appointment of Woolley
3.1.2Policy on activities and administration of the RGO: Priority to astrophysical research; Attitude to space research and radio astronomy; New RGO publications; Relationships with staff
3.1.3External relations: Royal Observatory at the Cape of Good Hope; Use of other overseas telescopes; Anglo-Australian Observatory; Herstmonceux conferences; University of Sussex
3.1.4Woolley's other interests
3.2 Completion of the new buildings and moves of staff
3.2.1The West Building
3.2.2The Equatorial Group
3.2.3The Meridian Group
3.2.4Magnetic and meteorological stations
3.2.5Visit by the Duke of Edinburgh
3.3 Departmental developments
3.3.1H. M. Nautical Almanac Office: Publications; Computers; Research activities; International Astronomical Union
3.3.2Meridian, Time and Chronometer Departments: Observational activities; Time service; Chronometers
3.3.3Solar and geophysical studies: Solar observations; Magnetic and meteorological operations; Kinetheodolite observations
3.3.4Astrophysics and astrometry: Appointments; Observing at Herstmonceux; Use of telescopes in other countries
3.3.5Aspects of Engineering
3.4 General matters
3.4.1Annual reports
3.4.2The RGO and NAO Libraries
3.4.3The RGO Archives
3.4.4The Secretariat
3.4.5Training and students
3.4.6The RGO Club
3.4.7NAO Reunion in 1963

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