Dr John S. Reid, Hon. Senior Lecturer in Physics and Honorary Curator of the University’s historic scientific instrument collection tells us about an exhibition commemorating Sir David Gill – Aberdeen’s most famous astronomer – which has opened in the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, featuring scientific instruments from the University Museums and letters from Special Collections.
David Gill was an Aberdonian student at Marischal College in the 1850s and an Lld of the University of Aberdeen. He went on to become one of the most notable scientists of his age. You can find our more about Sir David Gill here. A century after his death, an exhibition to celebrate his life has opened at the Maritime Museum and will run until 29th March, featuring items from the university and other material from London, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. The exhibition has been co-curated by Dr John S. Reid, along with staff at Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums.
Amongst the items loaned from the university is the telescope erected by Gill and Professor David Thomson in the Cromwell Tower Observatory at King’s College that changed Gill’s life. David Gill set up the first network of accurate public clocks in Aberdeen in the 1860s but internationally became famous for his stellar photography, for precision measurements on stars, for progressing the geodetic survey of South Africa and for coordinating multi-observatory, multi-national research.
See here for further details about the exhibition. The Public Engagement with Research Unit at the University is hosting a ‘Discovery Gallery’ series of talks at the Maritime Museum to accompany the exhibition.