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Private observatory of Nathaniel and Edward Pigott, Frampton,
near Llantwit Major, with transit circle.
Private observatory of John Dillwyn Llewellyn (built 1851) at
Penllergaer near Swansea with 4 3/4-inch Dollond refractor.
Cardiff City Observatory, public observatory, Penylan, Cardiff,
1906-1979, with 12-inch reflector (was formerly private observatory
of Archdeacon Conybeare Bruce (1844-1919) at St. Nicholas, Vale
of Glamorgan, 1870s-1882; later owned by Franklen Evans).
Private observatory of Arthur Mee (1860-1926) in Cardiff.
Observatory of Barry Astronomical Society, 1920s, with 8-inch reflector.
Observatories of Swansea Astronomical Society at Fairwood Common and
Swansea Marina (1980s-present).
John Jenkins, Home Obs. At 50 Wind Street. Swansea. Housed a Sheepshank
John Jenkins 1803-1868 Clockmaker/Jeweller/Gunsmith; Swansea’s first FRAS.
Nathaniel Pigott, F.R.S. (1725-1804), amateur astronomer, lived at
Frampton, near Llantwit Major in the 1770s.
Edward Pigott (1753-1825), amateur astronomer and son of Nathaniel
Pigott, lived at Frampton, near Llantwit Major in the 1770s.
Edward George Bowen, F.R.S. (1911-1991), physicist, astronomer and Australian
scientific administrator, originated from Swansea.
Barbara Middlehurst (1915-1995), US-based writer on astronomy and lunar
specialist, originated from Penarth.
William Henry Smyth, Admiral (1788-1865), lived for a time in
Cardiff while supervising construction of new docks.
Arthur Philip Norton (1876-1955), author of Norton's Star Atlas,
was born in Cardiff.
Arthur Butler Phillips Mee (1860-1926), amateur astronomer and
author, lived in Cardiff.
Bernard Edward Featherstone (1913-1995), amateur astronomer.
W. Conybeare Bruce, Ven. Archdeacon (1844-1919), Anglican cleric and
amateur astronomer, owned 12-inch reflector in observatory.
Franklen George Evans, Dr., J.P. (1826-1904), medical doctor and amateur
astronomer, owned 12-inch reflector in observatory, Cardiff and
Vale of Neath.
John Dillwyn Llewellyn, F.R.S. (1810-1882), amateur astronomer, built
observatory on estate at Pen-lle'r-gaer.
Thomas George Cowling, Prof., F.R.S. (1906-1990), applied mathematician
and astrophysicist, one time lecturer in Swansea.
John Rees (1862-?), amateur observer, popular lecturer, Penarth.
Henry Herbert Lee, Major General (1838-1920), amateur observer,
Thomas Edward Heath (1849-1918), amateur observer, popular lecturer,
Cardiff and Penarth.
William Edward Winks, Rev. (1842-?), amateur observer, popular lecturer,
Albert Taylor (1865-?), one time assistant to Sir Norman Lockyer and
to Andrew Ainslie Common, organised Royal Society and R.A.S. Eclipse
Expeditions, lived in Penarth.
Norman Lattey, amateur observer and organiser, resident in Cardiff in
Dan Jones, Cardiff, curator of the Cardiff City Telescope.
Harry Samuel Williams (1840-1921), amateur astronomer, Swansea.
William John Waters (b. 1875), amateur observer, telescope maker,
Percy Christopher Charles Billups, Dr. (1859-?), medical surgeon,
amateur observer and observer of comets, lived in Barry.
Ernest Madge (1876-?), amateur observer, astrophotographer, Tongwynlais.
Evan Lewis Jones (1876-?), popular lecturer, lived Merthyr Tyfil.
Charles Thomas Whitmell (1849-1919), amateur astronomer and observer,
one time resident in Cardiff.
Henry William Lloyd Tanner, Prof., F.R.S. (1851-1915), professor of
mathematics in Cardiff, amateur observer.
David Tegfan Davies, Rev. Dr. (1883-1963), amateur observer and popular
lecturer, resided in Pontypridd and Glynneath.
Societies and Organisations
Astronomical Society of Wales, 1895-c.1914, held regular meetings
Barry Astronomical Society (1920s).
Cardiff Astronomical Society (1920s).
Llynfi Valley Astronomical Society (1920s).
Swansea Astronomical Society (1948-present).
Cambrian Astronomical Society, Cardiff (1960s).
Cardiff Astronomical Society (1975-present)
Astronomical Society of Wales, 1981-c.1994, held regular meetings
in Neath and Port Talbot.
Authors, lecturers, broadcasters
Nathaniel Pigott, F.R.S. (d. 1804) published in Phil. Trans.
Edward Pigott (1753-1825) published in Phil. Trans.
Admiral William Henry Smyth (1788-1865).
Arthur Mee (1860-1926).
Arthur Phillip Norton (1876-1955), author of Norton's Star Atlas,
was born in Cardiff.
Barbara Middlehurst (1915-1995), American-based astronomical
author, originated in Penarth.
Bernard Featherstone (1913-1995).
Academics and associated professionals
Edward Bowen, F.R.S. (1911-1991).
Barbara Middlehurst (1915-1995).
Thomas George Cowling, F.R.S. (1906-1990), applied mathematician and
astrophysicist, one time lecturer in Swansea.
Large astrophysics research group at University College Cardiff, later
University of Wales Cardiff, 1970s-present.