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ROBERTS , ISAAC ( 1829 - 1904 ), astronomer ;

b. 27 Jan. 1829 , son of a small- farmer named William Roberts , Groes-bach , Nantglyn, Denbs. In 1844 he was apprenticed with a building firm at Liverpool , and later became himself a very prosperous builder ; he retired from business in 1888 . His real interests, however, were in science — at first in geology but after 1878 in astronomy . He moved ( 1882 ) from Rock Ferry to Maghull , and thence in 1890 to Crowborough in Sussex — each move for the sake of a larger telescope and a clearer atmosphere. He photographed thousands of stars and of nebulae . He was elected F.R.S. in 1890 , received an honorary D.Sc. of Trinity College , Dublin , in 1892 , and was awarded the R.A.S. gold medal in 1895 . He d. suddenly, 17 July 1904 . He had directed that on the death of his widow (he had m. in 1901 a fellow- astronomer ), his wealth should be divided between the University of Liverpool and the University College of North Wales , for the establishment of scholarships .

Sources:

  • The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , 1932-3 (with a list of his papers).

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959