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    Image number: RS.12572

    Telescope at Gresham College

    Robert Hooke (1635 - 1703, British) , Natural philosopher
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    height (drawing): 188mm
    width (drawing): 291mm
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    View of a 36 foot refractor telescope in the courtyard of Gresham College in London.

    From a paper on setting up a telescope stand in the quadrangle of Gresham College by Robert Hooke.

    The Royal Society’s home at Gresham College in London was the site of many scientific experiments. Richard Reeve of Long Acre had made large refracting telescopes used by Christopher Wren and others from the 1650s. One such telescope was remounted by Robert Hooke and sited at the College.

    Robert Hooke (1635-1703) was a British natural philosopher, he was one of the original Fellows of the Royal Society and Curator of Experiments of the early Society.

    Richard Reeve (fl.1640-1680) was a British instrument maker.
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