William Henry Smyth, British astronomer

William Henry Smyth, British astronomer

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Caption: William Henry Smyth (1788-1865), British astronomer, using a telescope with an equatorial mount in the dome at Hartwell Observatory. Smyth served as a captain in the Napoleonic Wars, reaching the rank of Admiral after he retired. He established a private observatory at Bedford, England, and published many of his observations. He was President of the Royal Astronomical Society (1845-1847). Published in Smyth's 'Aedes Hartwellianae' (1851) on the astronomical history of Hartwell House, Buckinghamshire, England, used as an observatory by the British astronomer John Lee (1783-1866) and by Smyth from 1839 to 1859.

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