Guildford Astronomical Society

Dr Allan Chapman

Dr Allan ChapmanDr Allan Chapman

Allan gained his degree from the University of Lancaster and then a DPhil in the history of science at Wadham College, Oxford. His special interests are astronomy and scientific biography.

He is an excellent, informative and entertaining public speaker, prolific publisher, regularly appears on both television and radio and, between 2003 and 2004, was the Visiting Professor in the History of Science at Gresham College in London. In January 1994, he delivered the Royal Society history of science Wilkins Lecture, on the subject of Edmund Halley.

He has written many books including biographies such as England's Leonardo on Robert Hooke.

Allan is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a founder member and president of the Society for the History of Astronomy (SHA). In 2004 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Central Lancashire and in 2010 an honorary doctorate from the University of Salford.

DateTalk at GAS meeting
1 Nov 2012The Drapers

The lives and works of John William & Henry Draper – pioneers of astrophotography.

5 Jun 2014Hevelius
4 Jun 2015William Lassell

William Lassell (1799-1880) was an English merchant, beer brewer and astronomer. An early pioneer of the equatorial mount, he used his self-made 24-inch telescope in 1846 to discover Triton, the largest moon of Neptune, in 1848 to discover Hyperion, a small moon of Saturn and, in 1851, Ariel and Umbriel, two moons of Uranus.

In 1849 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society and, in 1870, he became the President of the Royal Astronomical Society.

2 Jun 2016Mary Somerville - An Astronomer of the Victorian Age

See Allan's presentation here [PPTX: 3.27Mb, Members only].