Benefaction to Edinburgh Astronomical Association


    THE Edinburgh Astronomical Association will shortly be in possession of about £25,000 under the will of the late Mr. J. H. Lorimer, the well-known artist. Mr. Lorimer had been a member of the Association since 1924, when the first general meeting of the Association was called. He served for a time as a member of council some years ago and later was elected vice-president. He was much interested in astronomy and in the Association, and regularly attended the Association's meetings. The Association has always had plans for development, but has been hampered in the past by the small income available. Now that this is to be much increased, the council is considering which in particular of the many jfossible schemes will best use the money for the benefit of astronomy. As yet the only decision made is to extend the Association's library. The objects behind further decisions are likely to be: to advance the science of astronomy and promote astronomical research, to circulate information on astronomical matters by publication and generally to encourage astronomical study and to increase popular interest in the science. Negotiations are being conducted with the view of using the Edinburgh City Observatory for research and education. This Observatory has not been in use since the death of the City Astronomer, Mr. J. McD. Field, in April of this year.

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    Benefaction to Edinburgh Astronomical Association. Nature 140, 886 (1937).

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