CHARLES MICHIE SMITH, who died on September 27, was born on July I3, 1854, at Keig, Aberdeen. He studied at Aberdeen and Edinburgh, graduating as B.Sc. in 1876. He was appointed professor of physics at the Christian College, Madras, in the same year, and in 189i became Government Astronomer at Madras. In 1899 he brought out the New Madras General Catalogue of 5303 stars: the low latitude of Madras gives its star catalogues special importance, since they serve to link the northern and southern catalogues.