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RGO Archives contains:
RGO 1 Papers of John Flamsteed
RGO 10 Papers of Sir Richard Woolley
RGO 104 The Nautical Almanac, Part 1, and the Abridged Nautical Almanac
RGO 11 Papers of Margaret Burbidge
RGO 12 Papers of Alan Hunter
RGO 126 Airy's Transit Circle: observation and reduction ledgers and associated papers
RGO 127 Greenwich Reduction Registers
RGO 128 Groombridge's Catalogue: new reductions
RGO 129 Greenwich Star Catalogues and Ledgers
RGO 13 Papers of Francis Graham Smith
RGO 14 Papers of the Board of Longitude
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Papers of Alan Hunter

Title Papers of Alan Hunter
Reference GBR/0180/RGO 12
Creator Hunter, Alan
Covering Dates 1934–1978
Extent and Medium 11 boxes; paper/photograph
Repository Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives
Content and context

Alan Hunter (1912-1995), a spectroscopist, was born on 9 September 1912, the son of George Hunter and Mary Edwards. He joined the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, as an Assistant in 1937, and remained there for the rest of his career, with the exception of the years 1940 to 1946, when he was seconded to the Royal Naval College at Greenwich. Hunter was promoted to Chief Assistant at the R.G.O. in 1961, and became Deputy Director in 1967. He was Acting Director during the first part of the 1972, and became Director in 1973. As Joint Secretary of the Royal Greenwich Observatory Committee of the Science Research Council during 1965-1973, he played an instrumental role in facilitating the transfer of control from the Admiralty to the Science Research Council. He was also heavily involved in the discussions with the Science Research Council on the future role of the R.G.O. in British astronomy. Hunter retired as Director in 1975, and died in 1995.

Hunter's career featured two notable expeditions. In April 1947 he was involved in a tragic incident when the aircraft in which he was travelling to observe the total eclipse of the Sun in Brazil on 20 May crashed at Duhar, killing two of his colleagues. In 1954 he was part of an expedition to the Swedish island of Syd Koster to study the gravitational deflection of light. The project was hindered by cloudy conditions which, whilst not completely covering the total phase, prevented any useable star images from being seen on the plates.

The collection contains a wide range of material relating to the activities of the Royal Greenwich Observatory during Dr Hunter's time as Director, with some additional papers from other periods. The majority of the papers belong to three main categories: the internal affairs of the Observatory, especially staffing and structuring; the meetings and activities of various boards and committees; and the design, acquisition and use of instruments and other equipment, particularly cosmic ray equipment.

The majority of the papers became part of the Observatory's archives subsequent to Dr Hunter's retirement from the Directorship. Several additional items were added to the collection later.

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Please cite as Royal Greenwich Observatory Archives, Papers of Alan Hunter, RGO 12

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A word-processed handlist is available in the Manuscripts Reading Room. Indexed

This description was created by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Index Terms
Hunter, Alan (1912-1995) astronomer
RGO Archives/RGO 12 contains:
1 Papers regarding Directors' meetings. Correspondence and papers regarding meetings of the Directors of the Science Research Council:. Minutes of the Science Research Council, 18 July 1973. A letter of invitation to the Directors' meeting, 24 April 1974. Papers for the Directors' meetings of 17 May 1974, 3 October 1974, 11 November 1974, 20 January 1975, 10 March 1975, 21 April 1975, 9 June 1975, 28 July 1975, 9 September 1975, 16 October 1975 and 24 November 1975.
1 bundle.
1973–1975
2 Papers for the British National Committee meeting. Papers for the meeting of the British National Committee for Astronomy of 17 September 1974, including agenda and enclosures. The enclosures are minutes of the meeting of 18 May 1973 (Enclosure A); details of Committee membership (B); a memorandum entitled 'SRC and Astronomy' (C); a report from the U.K. delegate to the International Astronomical Union Assembly (D); a report from the I.A.U. Finance Committee (E); resolutions passed at the I.A.U. Assembly (F); a list of U.K. members of the I.A.U. (G); a memorandum on the election of I.A.U. officers (H); a note on the arrangements for the R.G.O. Tercentenary celebrations (I); a paper by A.H. Cook on 'Astronomy and Geophysics in China 1973' (J); a paper on the exchange of visits with the U.S.S.R. (K); and proposals from the Committee of Space Research for an International Solar System Decade (L). At the end is a copy of the minutes of the meeting.
1 envelope.
1974
3 Papers on the Anglo-Australian Telescope H.Q. Papers regarding the Anglo-Australian Telescope Headquarters Operation:. A letter from M.O. Robbins, Science Research Council, London, to F. Graham Smith, 23 January 1975, inviting him to a meeting on 3 February 1975 to discuss the A.A.T. Scientific Headquarters and its location. Attached is an unsigned note on the difficulties associated with the location of the H.Q. There are also telexes and various notes from interested parties. A letter from M.O. Robbins to F. Graham Smith, 27 January 1975, regarding the problems relating to the A.A.T. H.Q. Attached is a memorandum by E.J. Wampler, Director of the A.A.T. A letter from Sir Hugh Ennor of Canberra to Sir Fred Hoyle, Chairman of the A.A.T. Board, 21 June 1975. A letter from Fred Hoyle to E.J. Wampler, 23 June 1975.
1 envelope.
1975
4 Papers on the Astronomy, Space and Radio Board. Papers regarding the Astronomy, Space and Radio Board:. Papers regarding the A.S.R. Board meeting of 27 November 1973, including a copy of the A.S.R. Review Panel report. A letter from the Chairman of the Science Research Council to Dr Hunter, July 1974, inviting him to become a member of the A.S.R. Board. A note by Dr Hunter on the need for a senior engineer at the R.G.O. to design advanced equipment, particularly with regard to the Northern Hemisphere Observatory, 1974.
1 envelope.
1973–1974
5 Papers for Whitley Council meetings. Minutes and agenda of the meetings of the R.G.O. Whitley Council: minutes, 15 June 1972; minutes and agenda, 27 November 1972; minutes, 26 March 1973; minutes, 19 December 1973; minutes, 4 January 1974; minutes and agenda, 15 May 1974; minutes and agenda, November 1974; the third draft of a local order on visitors to the R.G.O., prepared for the meeting of 18 November 1974; minutes, 4 February 1975; a petition from members of staff concerning the tercentenary sundial and car park; minutes of a special meeting, 3 April 1975; minutes and agenda, 12 May 1975; and minutes, 12 June 1975.
1 envelope.
1972–1974
6 Correspondence with the Science Research Council. General correspondence with officials of the Science Research Council regarding retirement collections, staff changes at the Royal Greenwich Observatory, the C.N.E.S symposia, equal opportunities for men and women, and changes in the London Office management structure.
1 folder.
1973–1974
7 Personal correspondence. Personal correspondence comprised mainly of invitations to dinners, lectures and other social gatherings. There are also details of papers published by the British Astronomical Association.
1 envelope.
1974–1975
8 Personal correspondence. Miscellaneous personal correspondence and some related papers:. Personal correspondence, including invitations to dinners and correspondence with R.L. Waterfield, 1970-1974. Correspondence with various individuals, comprised mainly of invitations to dinners and lectures, and invitations to overseas astronomers, 1960-1969. Correspondence with B.J. Harris of Perth, 1957-1960, and G.A. Harding of the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, 1962-1973. Correspondence regarding Dr Hunter's lectures and broadcasts, 1943-1967. Miscellaneous articles on astronomy and the history of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, 1967. Correspondence with the magazine 'Nature', 1943-1953.
1 bundle.
1943–1974
9 Papers on interview boards. Papers regarding interview boards for posts at the Science Research Council and Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope:. Papers of the interview panel for the post of Principal Chief Executive Officers at London Office, S.R.C., 16 August 1967. Papers of interview boards for the posts of Senior Executive Officer, Higher Executive Officer and Executive Officer at the S.R.C., 1968. Papers for the interview board for the post of Secretary and Cashier of the Cape Observatory, 1969. Papers for the interview board for the post of Principal in the Astronomy, Space and Radio Board Division of London Office, S.R.C., 13 January 1973.
1 envelope.
1967–1973
10 Papers of the Joint Negotiation Committee. Papers for the meetings of Joint Negotiation Committee of the Science Research Council on 18 October 1971 and 20 March 1972, and minutes of various J.N.C. meetings held in 1968.
1 bundle.
1968–1972
11 Correspondence on the British Astronomical Association. Personal correspondence of Dr Hunter as a member of the Council of the British Astronomical Association regarding publication policy, memoirs, financial matters and the election of a new President.
1 bundle.
1959–1965
12 Correspondence on S.R.C. productivity. Correspondence regarding the negotiation and implementation of a productivity scheme within the Science Research Council.
1 bundle.
1969–1970
13 Miscellaneous correspondence. A small set of letters corresponding with various individuals, including a lengthy correspondence with K. Sen of Duhar regarding whether the earth rotates or not.
1 envelope.
1962–1964
14 Talk and lecture invitations. Correspondence with various individuals and local societies inviting Dr Hunter to deliver talks and lectures.
1 envelope.
1962–1964
15 Correspondence on recruitment. Correspondence regarding the recruitment of Scientific Officers and Experimental Officers to the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
1 envelope.
1962–1964
16 Papers on R.G.O. tenancies. Correspondence and papers regarding tenancies for various cottages at the Royal Greenwich Observatory, including copies of agreements and some correspondence on the transfer of the R.G.O. from the Admiralty to the Science Research Council.
1 folder.
1953–1963
17 Papers on hostel supplies. A record book of stores received daily for the students' hostel, 1959, and a set of receipts from local suppliers, c. 1954-c. 1960.
1 envelope.
circa 1954-circa 1960
18 Papers on external training. Correspondence and papers regarding Royal Greenwich Observatory personnel taking training courses and exams at outside institutions.
1 envelope.
1962–1963
19 Papers on student summer courses. Correspondence and papers regarding summer courses for students at the Royal Greenwich Observatory. The material is arranged by year, and includes application letters, completed application forms, details of work and observing duties and lecture listings.
1 bundle.
1956–1964
20 Papers on S.R.C. productivity. Correspondence and papers regarding the introduction of a productivity agreement into the Science Research Council establishments. The early material concerns a pilot study of the work of the Daresbury Nuclear Physics Laboratory carried out by P.A. Consultants Ltd and by the S.R.C. London Office. There are also minutes of meetings between official and trade union sides.
1 bundle.
1966–1972
21 Correspondence on the Fulton Report. Correspondence regarding the Fulton Report into the structure and organisation of the Civil Service, including copies of the report and subsequent documents.
1 envelope.
1965
22 Paper on Government research and development. Correspondence regarding the white paper 'A Framework for Government Research and Development' (CMND 4814).
1 envelope.
1971
23 Staff notices and minutes. General notices and minutes of meetings of the senior staff of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, including reports on the Isaac Newton Telescope public entrance and information relating to the possible participation of the United Kingdom in lunar laser ranging.
1 envelope.
1971–1972
24 Papers on the R.G.O. Communications concerning the separate appointments of the Astronomer Royal and the Director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory; a statement from the Astronomer Royal regarding the need for a national Astronomical Projects Office; agenda and minutes of the Chief Assistant's meetings; and progress reports on R.G.O. bulletins.
1 envelope.
1966–1971
25 Calculations and results. Undated general results and calculations concerned mainly with star observations, including a paper by the Astronomer Royal containing listings of the relative gradients of 250 stars determined at the Royal Observatory, and a 'Diary of Spectrophotometry', 1926-1937, giving the dates of important changes in the instrument.
1 bundle.
26 Papers on instruments. Correspondence and papers regarding instruments, including drawings of a Decade Counter Tube; prints of a multiplier phototube; correspondence, memoranda and catalogues relating to the purchase of various atomic counters; and correspondence and readings from the Royal Greenwich Observatory's neutron monitor and geiger counter telescope, 4 August 1957 - 24 August 1958, sent to the University of Tasmania.
1 envelope.
1954–1959
27 Notes for goods. Direct delivery notes and stores demand notes relating to goods from various companies.
1 envelope.
1956–1965
28 Papers on the Equatorial Group. Correspondence, rough drawings and notes relating to the erection of the Equatorial Group of Telescopes at the Royal Greenwich Observatory. There is also a drawing of the aluminising room, 1952.
1 envelope.
1949–1955
29 Papers from Edwards High Vacuum Ltd. Catalogues, correspondence and diagrams from Edwards High Vacuum Ltd.
1 envelope.
1951–1956
30 Papers on instruments. General correspondence and related papers concerned mainly with instruments, including letters on the aluminising of the 36-inch mirror; letters on the furnishing of the offices at Herstmonceux; a letter from D. Brouwer to M.S. Zverev informing him of the findings of a conference held at the Dearborn Observatory, Illinois, on astronomic problems; confirmation of the dispatch of Eros reference plates to D. Brouwer at Yale; a drawing showing the method of mounting ball and roller bearings for the polar and declination axis for the 26-inch photo-equatorial telescope; minutes of a meeting regarding dial and chronograph circuits held at the Royal Greenwich Observatory on 28 January 1954; a copy of the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, technical note no. 335, September 1945, regarding tests on the Ross 25-inch prototype lens; and an account of the measurement and reduction of the plates of the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, for the zones -56° to -60°, and notification of the dispatch to R.H. Stoy at the Cape Observatory of all the materials used for the Cape Zone -56° to -60°.
1 envelope.
1948–1954
31 Miscellaneous correspondence. Correspondence and memoranda of R. Woolley regarding matters of secrecy with regard to the staff of the Royal Greenwich Observatory and the leaking of information; a letter from Permagon Press Ltd to Dr Hunter informing him that Volume 1 of 'Vistas in Astronomy' is to be published in March 1955; drawings of the 26-inch refractor at Greenwich, 1950; drawing number EEM/YM/936B, 'Royal Greenwich Observatory Herstmonceux. Proposed E., L. & P. [electric light and power] Installations in Domes A, C, D, E & F. Equatorial Group', June 1955; a summary of the electrical requirement for Dome A and the telephones, with plans indicating the positions of all rooms of the R.G.O.; listings of weights; and letters and memoranda to R. Atkinson on balance weights.
1 bundle.
1950–1955
32 Papers on equipment. Papers regarding the Zeiss Spiral Micrometer and general correspondence on the purchasing and installing of cosmic ray equipment and the transfer of the cosmic ray recordings programme from Herstmonceux Castle to the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London.
1 envelope.
1953–1960
33 Newspapers on a solar eclipse. Two Swedish newspapers, 'Dagbladet', 18 June 1954, and 'Nytid', 24 June 1954, containing news of the solar eclipse of 30 June 1954; a booklet entitled 'The Total Eclipse of the Sun of June 30, 1954. Prediction for Scandinavia by H.O. Grönstrand' (Stockholm, 1950); and related letters, memoranda and other papers, c. 1953-c. 1956.
1 envelope.
circa 1950-circa 1956
34 Papers on the Ugandan Cosmic Ray Scheme. Papers regarding the Cosmic Ray Scheme being undertaken at Makerere College, Kampala, Uganda. The material includes correspondence between T. Gold and D.R. Palmer of the Royal Greenwich Observatory and R. Thompson of Makerere College, concerning the problems encountered on the installation of equipment, financial details, the shipment of instruments, indents and details of shipment.
2 envelopes.
1955–1957
35 Papers on equipment. Notes on cosmic radiation and the meson intensity monitor explaining the electronics and mechanical construction; maintenance notes for the meson telescope, dated 9 September 1957; drawings (mostly rough) for the framework of the standard cosmic ray monitor; and a photograph from the Royal Greenwich Observatory of a schematic diagram of a meson monitor.
1 envelope.
1956–1957
36 Technical data manuals. Undated technical data manuals: final manual for Power Unit Type 1033A & 1140A; working instruction manual for Scaler Type 1009A; instruction manual issue 1 for Pulse Amplifier 1049A. Head Amp & Phototube Circuits; interim manual for Cosmic Ray Oscilloscope Monitor Type 1089B; and instruction manual issue 1 for Recording Oscilloscope 1102A. There are also various photostat copies of scientific instruments.
1 envelope.
37 Papers on Cosmic Ray Department equipment. Initial requirements and tenders for equipment for the Cosmic Ray Department, including a Recorder MK11, 25 foot cassettes and electromagnetic counters.
1 envelope.
1953–1965
38 Papers on cosmic rays. Reprints of articles regarding cosmic rays, including the research notes of T. Gold and D.R. Palmer from the 'Journal of Atmospheric and Terrestrial Physics', Vol. 8, Nos 4/5, 1956, pp. 287-291. There is also a letter from T. Gold and H. Elliot, March 1956, requesting information on the solar flare of 23 February 1956, with a list of recipients of the letter.
1 envelope.
1943–1956
39 Papers on I.G.Y. data. Correspondence of the I.G.Y. [International Geophysical Year] World Data Centre A concerning neutron and meson monitor data for the study of cosmic rays; lists of countries participating in the I.G.Y. program and of their cosmic ray stations that have pertinent information; and a paper on the scheme for the dissemination of alert warnings and Special World Intervals messages over the Meteorological Telecommunication Network during the I.G.Y.
1 envelope.
1953–1958
40 Papers on equipment. Quotations, correspondence and brochures regarding recording instruments, pointolite lamps and lead bricks.
1 envelope.
1954–1964
41 Correspondence on cosmic rays. Correspondence of T. Gold regarding cosmic rays, including letters from Cornell University, the University of Tasmania and the National Research Council. There is also correspondence on cameras.
1 envelope.
1954–1963
42 Paper on the solar outburst. A paper by T. Gold and D.R. Palmer entitled 'The Solar Outburst, 1956 February 23. Observations by the Royal Greenwich Observatory'; readings of the cubical meson monitor at Herstmonceux for 00-12 hours Universal Time, 23 February 1956, and barometer readings for the same period, prepared for Gold and Palmer's paper, with related papers; and photographs of particle counters and other equipment (probably meson and neutron equipment).
1 envelope.
1956
43 Papers on cosmic rays. Rough calculations and readings of the diurnal variations of cosmic rays for selected periods.
1 envelope.
May 1953-Sep. 1953
44 Correspondence on data and equipment. Correspondence on the collection of data and manufacture of equipment:. Correspondence between Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd and D.R. Palmer, March 1960, regarding the collection of data from 28 neutron monitors and 8 meson telescopes, confirming that a solar injection of low energy cosmic rays on 17 July 1959 did occur. Data from the neutron monitor in Brazil, August-October 1958. Correspondence regarding the manufacture of lead bricks for the cosmic ray monitors. Correspondence with the Atomic Energy Research Establishment regarding the standardisation of equipment, 1955.
1 envelope.
1934–1960
45 Papers on the cosmic ray neutron monitor. A paper entitled 'Cosmic Radiation Neutron Intensity Monitor' by J.A. Simpson, Institute of Nuclear Studies, University of Chicago, January 1955. Readings from the Deep River intensity monitor of the solar injection which occurred on 4 May 1960. A paper by S. Fukushima, M. Kodama and Y. Miyazaki of the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, Tokyo, Japan, regarding the cosmic ray neutron monitor at Syowa Base, Antarctica, with diagrams and readings showing the solar injection of 4 May. Miscellaneous notes and wiring diagrams for the neutron monitor.
1 envelope.
1955–1960
46 Correspondence on equipment. Correspondence regarding geiger counters, a cine-camera for cosmic ray monitors and heating cables, and a proof of T. Gold and D.R. Palmer's research notes of 23 February 1956 on the solar outburst.
1 envelope.
1950–1957
47 Correspondence on equipment. Correspondence between D.R. Palmer and Dr Elliot of the Imperial College of Science of Technology, London, discussing the advantages of changing a valve in the Cintel Cosmic Radiation monitoring equipment.
1 envelope.
circa 1955
48 Handbooks on the radiation recording counter. Two handbooks by Cinema-Television Limited entitled 'Radiation Recording Counter Type MU2 Operational Handbook' and 'Radiation Recording Counter Type MU4'.
2 folders.
circa 1949
49 Papers on cosmic rays. Three papers regarding cosmic rays:. 1. 'The Solar Diurnal Variation of the Intensity of the Nucleonic Component of Cosmic Radiation' by P.L. Marsden and Qamrun Nessa Begum, Physics Department, University of Leeds. 2. 'Worldwide Cosmic-ray Intensity Increases associated with Cosmic-ray Storms' by I. Kondo, K. Nagashima and S. Yoshida, Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, Tokyo. 3. 'Cosmic-ray Storms and Solar Radio Outbursts' by Y. Kamya, Physical Institute, Nagoya University, and Masmi Wada, Institute of Physical and Chemical Research [Tokyo]. The paper are accompanied by the 'Report of the Ionosphere Research in Japan', Vol. XIII, No. 4, 1958, regarding the altitude, dependence and time variation of the radiation intensity observed by the U.S. satellite 1958a; a short note entitled 'Cosmic-ray observation by Kappa-VI Rocket'; and graphs and readings on diurnal variations of cosmic rays, May 1955-January 1956.
1 envelope.
1955–1958
50 Papers on cosmic rays. Articles, reports and correspondence regarding cosmic rays:. A reprint from the 'Philosophical Magazine', Vol. 4, No. 44, p. 973, August 1959, of 'The Apparent Sidereal Daily Variation of Cosmic Ray Intensity During the Recent Sunspot Minimum' by S.P. Baliga and T. Thambyahpillai, Physical Laboratories, University of Ceylon, Colombo. A report from Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd, 28 November 1960, entitled 'I G Y [International Geophysical Year] Equipment at Deep River Cosmic Ray Station B211', with correspondence, graphs and 5-minute readings from Deep River neutron intensity monitor B211 of a solar injection, 2-15 November 1960. Miscellaneous correspondence regarding cosmic ray monitors, with data from various stations. A reprint from 'Il Nuovo Cimento', Series X, Vol. 13, pp. 96-107: 'The Attenuation Length of the High Energy Nucleonic Component of the Cosmic Radiation near Sea Level' by K.G. McCracken, Physics Department, University of Tasmania, and D.H. Johns, Antarctic Division, Department of External Affairs, Melbourne. Correspondence between T. Gold, Royal Greenwich Observatory, and A.W. Wolfendale, University of Durham, informing Gold of the proposed establishment of a high-flux, high-energy cosmic ray spectrograph. Correspondence between D.R. Palmer, R.G.O., and A.J. Marx, Laboratoire de Physique Cosmique, on the proposed establishment of a European system of sounding balloons for the measurement of cosmic ray intensities.
1 envelope.
1959–1960
51 Cosmic ray readings. Readings of the barometric coefficient for cosmic rays.
1 envelope.
1955–1956
52 Stock lists and demand notes.
1 envelope.
1953–1956
53 Correspondence on equipment. Correspondence regarding various pieces of equipment, with the paper 'The Continuation of Terrestrial Magnetism and Atmospheric Electricity' from the 'Journal of Geophysical Research', Vol. 59, June 1954, No. 2, pp. 203-214.
1 envelope.
1954–1959
54 Booklet on Research Councils. A printed booklet of the Research Councils regarding the Agricultural Research Council, Medical Research Council, Natural Environment Research Council, Science Research Council and Social Science Research Council.
1 volume.
1975
55 Papers on an X-ray telescope. A paper on a planned high-energy X-ray telescope devised jointly by groups in Southampton and Milan, 18 pages, c. 1977, with a list of references and thirteen figures. There is also a second paper regarding a small prototype X-ray telescope, 1977, 4 pages, with an appendix describing the telescope and listing the individuals at the University of Southampton involved in its development; a list of references; and five figures.
1 envelope.
circa 1977
56 Letters on the spectracon. A letter from, A [S. Milsom] to Mrs Burbidge, 14 May 1973, bringing her attention to the paragraph entitled 'spectracon' found in an enclosed letter from J. Meaburn to B. Watts of the Science Research Council, 7 May 1973.
4 pages.
1973
57 Annual report on the Solar System Committee. A letter from J.M. Manfield, Assistant Secretary, Solar System Committee, Science Research Council, to members of the Solar System Committee, 24 March 1975, regarding the committee's annual report for 1974, a copy of which is enclosed, dated March 1975.
15 pages.
1975
58 Report of the Large Telescope Users' Panel meeting. Report of the fourteenth meeting of the Large Telescope Users' Panel on 9 April 1973, regarding instrumentation, applications for I.N.T. (Isaac Newton Telescope) time, applications for 74-inch time and applications for time on South African Astronomical Observatory telescopes, with tables on nights allocated on the I.N.T. and 74-inch telescope.
6 pages.
1973
59 Papers on the Large Telescope Users' Panel. A letter from K. Tweedie, Science Research Council, to Dr Hunter, 2 April 1973, requesting copies of the Large Telescope Users' Panel report presented in May 1972, as well as grant/telescope time applications. He encloses tables of allocations of time on the Isaac Newton Telescope and 74-inch telescope during 1971-1972; the report of the eleventh meeting of the L.T.U.P on 17 March 1972, with an appendix; and the appendix to the Panel's report on the tenth meeting, 16 November 1971.
13 pages.
1973
60 Correspondence on A.P.G.C. minutes. A letter from V.C. Reddish, Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, to J. Hutchinson, Secretary to the Astronomy Policy and Grants Committee, Science Research Council, 5 January 1973, regarding the minutes of the 29th meeting of the A.P.G.C., with Hutchinson's reply of 16 January, and Reddish's answer to Hutchinson, 18 January. All the letters are photocopies.
4 pages.
1973
61 R.G.O. organisation chart. A copy of the organisation chart for the Royal Greenwich Observatory, dated 3 May 1976.
1 page.
1976
62 Letter to Dr Stibbs. A letter from Dr Hunter to Professor D.W.N. Stibbs, University Observatory, St Andrews, Scotland, regarding the Northern Hemisphere Observatory and the organisation of the Astronomy, Space and Radio Board's activities.
2 pages.
22 Mar. 1973
63 Report on the Time and Latitude Service. A report of the Royal Greenwich Observatory Establishment Committee on the R.G.O. Time and Latitude Service.
5 pages.
1978
64 Review of the Schmidt Telescope Unit. A copy of the Annual Review of the U.K. Schmidt Telescope Unit prepared by Dr R.D. Cannon, presented for comment to the Panel for the Allocation of Telescope Time of the Astronomy, Space and Radio Board, Science Research Council.
18 pages.
1976
65 Departmental staff list. An undated list of departmental staff of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
3 pages.
66 Note on ordering procedure. A note by J.H .Whale, Secretary and Cashier, Royal Greenwich Observatory, on the ordering procedure for stores, equipment and other items.
2 pages.
28 Apr. 1969
67 Note on R.G.O. reorganisation. A copy of an official circular by Dr Hunter, 15 May 1974, on reorganisation of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
1 page.
1974
68 Note on R.G.O. staff structure. A note on the staff structure of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, containing a table showing the number of different classes of non-industrial staff assigned to each department.
1 page.
1971
69 Report on the Cape Observatory. A copy of the report on the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, for the year ending 31 December 1971.
5 pages.
1972
70 Report to the R.G.O. Committee. A copy of an undated 38-page report to the R.G.O. Committee of the Science Research Council regarding the activities of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, comprised of sections on research activities, the development of astronomical instruments, departments which perform a national service, administration, and activities in South Africa.
1 envelope.
circa 1970
71 Letters on the I.N.T. Board. Letters regarding the Board of Management of the Isaac Newton Telescope, sent to Dr Hunter by Gwyneth Davies, University of Reading; Basil Willey, Pembroke College, Cambridge; R.O. Redman, The Observatories, University of Cambridge; H.A. Brück, Royal Observatory, Edinburgh; C.W. Allen, University of London Observatory; D.E. Blackwell, University Observatory, Oxford; and A. Sydenham, on behalf of W.H. McCrea, Royal Holloway College, London.
7 pages.
23 May 1964–1 June 1964
72 Conclusions of sessions. A copy of 'Summary of Conclusions of the Sessions on 3.11.69' regarding the work of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
2 pages.
1969
73 Note on a photometer. An undated note describing an 'all purpose photometer drawn up by discussion between Bingham, Cousins, Andrews (and based on the Stromlo photometers)'.
1 page.
74 Minutes of the Panel for the Allocation of Telescope Time. Annotated minutes of the first meeting of the Science Research Council's Panel for the Allocation of Telescope Time held on 16 June 1975 at the Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House.
10 pages.
1975
75 Letter on the Panel for the Allocation of Telescope Time. A letter from A.J. Hurst of the Astronomy, Space and Radio Division, Science Research Council, enclosing RGO 12/74, minutes of the first meeting of the Panel for the Allocation of Telescope Time on 16 June 1975, and asking for comments and approval.
1 page.
18 July 1975
76 Letter on the Isaac Newton Telescope. A letter from George Sudbury, Secretary of the Panel for the Allocation of Telescope Time, to Dr Hunter regarding applications for observing time on the Isaac Newton Telescope during the first quarter of 1976.
1 page.
14 Aug. 1975
77 Letter on the Panel for the Allocation of Telescope Time. A letter from George Sudbury, Secretary of the Panel for the Allocation of Telescope Time, to Dr Hunter regarding Panel matters.
2 pages.
14 Aug. 1975
78 Paper on the Schmidt Telescope. A paper to the Science Research Council's Panel for the Allocation of Telescope Time regarding time allocation on the U.K. 48-inch Schmidt Telescope at Siding Spring.
4 pages.
1975
79 Note on the Steavenson Telescope. A note by B.E.J. Pagel on the 30" Steavenson Telescope.
1 page.
1974
80 Note on the Isaac Newton Telescope. An undated note regarding the Isaac Newton Telescope, concerning usage between July and September 1974 and instrumentation.
1 page.
circa 1974
81 Papers on a solar flare painting. A letter to Mr Arnison, Science Research Council, from Dennis Greene, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 28 June 1974, regarding the selection of caption for an artist's impression of a solar flare or prominence. There are three notes on the letter relating to Dr Hunter's involvement in this matter, and two accompanying xerox copies of the aforementioned painting, given to Hunter to help him choose a suitable caption.
1 envelope.
1974

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