Papers of Robert Peirson

Scope and Content

Manuscript papers and a few notebooks consisting of notes and calculations. The majority of the material relates to astronomy and optics and dates from 1854-90.

Administrative / Biographical History

Peirson was admitted to St John's College in 1841, and graduated BA, as 3rd Wrangler, in 1845. He was a Fellow of the College from 1849 to 1855. After leaving Cambridge to reside at Barnsbury, where he remained until his death, Peirson 'determined to devote himself to the study of astronomy and optics and those studies formed the occupation of his life'. The manuscripts which he left are the result of his study. It was Peirson's wish that his manuscripts be published after his death, but the College could not meet the cost of printing them.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the College in 1893.

Note

Peirson was admitted to St John's College in 1841, and graduated BA, as 3rd Wrangler, in 1845. He was a Fellow of the College from 1849 to 1855. After leaving Cambridge to reside at Barnsbury, where he remained until his death, Peirson 'determined to devote himself to the study of astronomy and optics and those studies formed the occupation of his life'. The manuscripts which he left are the result of his study. It was Peirson's wish that his manuscripts be published after his death, but the College could not meet the cost of printing them.

Preferred citation: St John's College Library, Papers of Robert Peirson

Archivist's Note

29 Mar 2006

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