Eastbourne BN20 9HT
Title: What did they do at Greenwich? Dr. Harry Ford
AGM followed by lecture.
Harry worked at Greenwich for 17 years, as Planetarium Lecturer at the Royal Observatory (formerly the Old Royal Observatory) – the original home of the Royal Greenwich Observatory – so he should know what they got up to! His talk promises to be both interesting and entertaining, as he has a number of amusing anecdotes with which to regale us, in his own inimitable style (ye ken)!
Harry Ford is a Scottish amateur astronomer who was renowned as a telescope and scientific instrument maker. He was one of the founders of the Dundee Astronomical Society (1956) and eventually became Curator of the Mills Observatory in Dundee.
Harry Ford observed most things astronomical including meteors, comets, aurorae, NLC and solar activity but it was with the 10-inch Cooke Refractor at the Mills Observatory that Harry excelled in lunar work. Following his appointment as BAA Lunar Section Director in 1976 Harry, alongside Morgan Findley, Dave Taylor and Tom Flood conducted research and studies into transient lunar phenomena, occultation timings and crater profile studies. Harry Ford eventually left the Mills Observatory to establish his own planetarium in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, and would later become the Planetarium lecturer at the Old Royal Observatory, Greenwich. Harry Ford was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science by Abertay University in 2000 and an MBE in 2003 for his work in promoting astronomy.
If it is clear, before the meeting observe the Moon and Saturn on NASA’s International Observe the Moon Night, through one or two of the Societies telescopes.