Derham and De La Hire

  • David Sellers
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 390)


Following Sherburne’s Astronomical Appendix, more than 30 years would elapse before anything more concerning William Gascoigne appeared in print. It came thanks to the exertions of the Reverend William Derham (1657–1735)—Anglican rector of Upminster and member of the Royal Society. Astronomy was one of Derham’s great passions, but like many early members of the Society he was also drawn to all manner of topics concerning the natural world. He collected bird, insect and botanical specimens; kept registers of atmospheric pressure and temperature, and made one of the earliest worthwhile measurements of the velocity of sound. He also made prolific observations of sunspots and the planet Jupiter.


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  • David Sellers
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  1. 1.LeedsUK

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