George Howard Darwin: Correspondence and Papers on the Tides

Scope and Content

MS.Add.5749: G.H. Darwin, papers on the tides, in various hands, 1882-1895, 61 folios.

MS.Add.5750: Correspondence on the tides, nos 1-118, 1882-1884. The correspondents include G.H. Darwin, J.C. Adams, A.W. Baird, Edward Roberts, J.T. Walker, E. Neison, R. Strachey, William E. Darwin, J. McDonald, Alfred Whitehouse, Cambridge University Press, Richard H. Stotherd, J.S. White, C. Crone, Carl H. Ryder, G. Herbert Bolland, Sir Richmond Ritchie, W.H. Coombs, E.B. Knobel, Sir Frederick John O. Evans, William Pearce, Edmond P. Dubois, Sir Horace Darwin and Ernest H. Wedgwood. There is also a Report on Tidal Observations, undated and unsigned.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir George Howard Darwin (1845-1912), mathematician and astronomer, was the son of Charles Darwin. He was educated at Clapham Grammar School and Trinity College Cambridge (B.A., 1868). He was a fellow of Trinity, 1868-1878, and Plumian professor of astronomy and experimental philosophy at Cambridge, 1883-1912. Darwin concentrated on the study of the earth in his early work, before examining the earth-moon system and the influence of the tides. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1879. His collected works were published in 1907-1911.

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Acquisition Information

Presented 1913.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Darwin in theConcise dictionary of national biography, Part II, 1901-1970 (Oxford University Press, 1982), p. 169.

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