© 1995

Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope 1820–1831

The Founding of a Colonial Observatory Incorporating a biography of Fearon Fallows


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Brian Warner
    Pages 1-36
  3. Brian Warner
    Pages 37-86
  4. Brian Warner
    Pages 87-129
  5. Brian Warner
    Pages 130-150
  6. Brian Warner
    Pages 151-184
  7. Brian Warner
    Pages 185-226
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 227-240

About this book


This book, which has been in the making for some eighteen years, would never have begun were it not for Dr. David Dewhirst in 1976 kindly having shown the author a packet of papers in the archives of the Cambridge Obser­ vatories. These letters and miscellaneous papers of Fearon Fallows sparked an interest in the history of the Royal Observatory at the Cape of Good Hope which, after the diversion of producing several books on later phases of the Observatory, has finally resulted in a detailed study of the origin and first years of the Observatory's life. Publication of this book coincides with the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Observatory, e.G.H. Observatories are built for the use of astronomers. They are built through astronomers, architects, engineers and contractors acting in concert (if not always in harmony). They are constructed, with whatever techniques and skills are available, from bricks, stones and mortar; but their construction may take a toll of personal relationships, patience, and flesh and blood.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AstronomyUniversity of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope 1820–1831
  • Book Subtitle The Founding of a Colonial Observatory Incorporating a biography of Fearon Fallows
  • Authors Brian Warner
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-3527-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-4063-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-0139-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 240
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
    History, general
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


`... this is an absorbing and scholarly book by an erudite author, being one of a series he has written on the scientific and cultural life of the Cape colony. I can highly recommend it.'
Journal for the History of Astronomy, 30:3 (1999)