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King’s astronomer, professor or public servant? John Flamsteed and the role of the Astronomer Royal by Dr Rebekah Higgitt

April 22, 2013 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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Dr Rebekah Higgitt

Dr Rebekah Higgitt

Dr Rebekah Higgitt is Curator of History of Science and Technology at the Royal Observatory Greenwich & National Maritime Museum.

Rebekah will be discussing the role of the Astronomer Royal in the early days of the Greenwich Observatory, focussing on John Flamsteed. In what promises to be a fascinating talk, coinciding with the launch of the Flamsteed ‘History of Astronomy’ group, Rebekah will debate whether Flamsteed’s role was as the King’s astronomer, a professor or a public servant.

After completing her PhD in 2004 at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at Imperial College London, Rebekah undertook postdoctoral research at the Institute of Geography at the University of Edinburgh. She arrived at the NMM in May 2008 and blogs regularly at The H Word, hosted by The Guardian.

Rebekah’s current research interest is the relationship of the Royal Observatory with other scientific institutions, including the Board of Longitude and Royal Society, and with the public.


April 22, 2013
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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