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Five Halley Lectures

Nature volume 139, pages 266267 (13 February 1937) | Download Citation



THE Halley Lecture in the University of Oxford was founded by the late Henry Wilde, on the return of Halley's comet in 1910. The lecture is given annually on a subject connected with astronomy or terrestrial magnetism. The University by decree has defined astronomy to include astrophysics, and terrestrial magnetism to include “the physics of the external and internal parts of the terrestrial globe”. Lectures under this benefaction have been given by many outstanding investigators in astronomy and geophysics. Most of the lectures have been of more than ephemeral value; though many of them have afterwards been published in booklet form, most of them are now out of print.

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