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  • Westminster Reference Library, 35 St. Martin's Street, London WC2H 7HP (off Leicester Square) holds many of the major reference books listed, including some not held in the RAS.
  • Where appropriate, Royal Astronomical Society Library location references are in [brackets].

Abbott, D. (ed.). The Biographical Dictionary of Scientists. Astronomers. Blond Educational, London. (1984). ISBN 0-584-70002-4. [QB 35]

Academie des Sciences (Paris). Index Biographique des Membres et Correspondents de l'Academie des Sciences (1666-1954). Gauthier-Villars, Paris. (1954). [not held]

American Men and Women of Science, 20th ed., 8 vols. R.R. Bowker, New Providence (N.J.). [c. 1998]. [not held]

American National Biography. 24 vols. Oxford University Press, for the American Council of Learned Societies. (1999). (Hard copy or Online). (Formerly Dictionary of American Biography). [Not held]

Andersson, L.E. and Whitaker, E.A. NASA Catalogue of Lunar Nomenclature. (NASA RP1097). (1982). No ISBN. [QB 595 oversize]

Ashbrook, J. The Astronomical Scrapbook. Cambridge University Press. (1984). ISBN 0-521-30045-2. [QB 51]

Astronomischen Gesellschaft. Portratgallerie der Astronomischen Gesellschaft. Stockholm. (1904, 1931). [QB 35]

Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, vols. 1-43, (1955-1997). [GALL 35B]

Bennett, J.A. Catalogue of the Archives and Manuscripts of the Royal Astronomical Society. Memoirs of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 85. (1978) (available on-line )

Berendzen,R., Hart,R., and Seeley,D. Man Discovers the Galaxies. Science History Publications, New York. (1976). ISBN 0-88202-023-4. [QB 32] 

Bhathal, R.S. Australian Astronomers. National Library of Australia, Canberra. (1996). ISBN 0 642 10666 5. [QB 35]

Boase,F. Modern English Biography. 6 vols. Netherton & Worth, Truro. (1892-1921). Latest reprint, Thoemmes P., Bristol. (2000). A fertile source of eighteenth and nineteenth century nonentities!. [not held]

British Astronomical Association. Who's Who in the Moon. Memoirs of the British Astronomical Association, Volume 34 Part 1. (1938).

Clifton, G. Directory of British Scientific Instrument Makers, 1550-1851. Zwemmer, in association with the National Maritime Museum, London. (1995). ISBN 0 302 00634 6. [QB 85, oversize]

Cocks, E.E. and Cocks, J.C. Who's Who on the Moon. Tudor Publishers, Greensboro. (1995). ISBN 0 936389 27 3. [QB 581]

Crawforth, M.A. Makers and Dates. Bull.Sci.Instr.Soc. 13 1987, 2-8. [Gall 37A]

Cunningham. Introduction to Asteroids. Willmann-Bell Inc., Richmond, Va. (1988). ISBN 0-943396-16-6. [QB 651 oversize]

Debus,A.G. World Who's Who in Science from Antiquity to the Present. Marquis Who's Who, Chicago. (1968). [ML 27H]

De Vorkin, D.H. The History of Modern Astronomy and Astrophysics; a selected, annotated bibliography. Garland Publishing, New York. (1982). ISBN 0-8240-9283-X. [ML 27H]

Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. (Compact ed., 1960 [Microprint], ML 27H). (Concise Dictionary, 1950, ML 27H). [DNB also available as CD-ROM, 1996 - not held]

Dictionary of National Biography. Missing Persons. Oxford University Press. (1993). ISBN 0 19 865211 9. [ML 27H]

Dictionary of Scientific Biography (1981-1990). 18 vols. Scribner, New York. [ML 27H]

Emden, A.B. A Biographical Register of the University of Cambridge to 1500. Cambridge University Press. (1963). ISBN 0521048966. [not held]

Foster, J. Alumni Oxonienses: the members of the University of Oxford, 1500-1714, 1715-1886. Parker, Oxford. (1888-1892). Latest reprint, Thoemmes P., Bristol. (2000), ISBN 185506846X, 1855068478. [not held].

Friedrich, K. The International Portrait Catalogue of the Archenhold Observatory. Veroffentlichungen der Archenhold-Sternwarte Berlin–Treptow, No 11, 1984. (QB 35)

Guthrie, D. List of Portraits in the Royal Society of Edinburgh, with biographical notes. Year Book of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1959/60. [not held]

Hall, A.R. The Abbey Scientists. Westminster Abbey (1966). [QB 35]

Hammill, G. The Royal Society's Portraits and Busts, Royal Society, London. (1976).

Haynes, R. et al. Explorers of the Southern Sky. Cambridge University Press. (1996). ISBN 0 521 36575 9. [QB 33 Australia]

History of the Royal Astronomical Society. Vol 1, 1820-1920, by Dreyer, J.L.E. and Turner, H.H. RAS, London. (1923). Reprinted Blackwell Scientific, Oxford (1987), ISBN 0-632-02173-X. Vol 2, 1920-1980, by Tayler, R.J. Blackwell Science, Oxford. (1987). ISBN 0-632-01791-0. [QB 33]

Houzeau, J.C. and Lancaster, A. Bibliographie Generale de l'Astronomie jusqu'en 1880. Revised, D.W.Dewhirst. 3 vols. Holland Press, London. (1964). [ML28G].

ISIS Cumulative Bibliography: a bibliography of the history of science formed from ISIS critical bibligraphies 1-90, 1913-1965. ed. M. Whitrow. Vols. 1-2, part I. Personalities. Mansell, London. (1971).

ISIS Cumulative Bibliography: a bibliography of the history of science formed from ISIS critical bibliographies 91-100, indexing literature published from 1965 through 1974. ed. J. Neu. Vol. l Personalities and Institutions. Mansell, London. (1980).

ISIS Cumulative Bibliography: a bibliography of the history of science formed from ISIS critical bibliographies 101-110, indexing literature published from 1975 through 1984. ed. J. Neu. Vol. 1. Persons and Institutions. Mansell, London. (1990).

ISIS Cumulative Bibliography, 1986-1995: a bibliography of the history of science formed from the annual ISIS current bibliographies. Ed. J. Neu. Vols. 1-2. Persons. Science History Publications, Canton, Ma. (1997).

Jarrell, R.A. The Cold Light of Dawn. University of Toronto Press, Toronto. (1988). ISBN 0 8020 2653 2. [QB 33 Canada]

Johns. G. Portraits in the Ernst Zinner Collection, San Diego State University. San Diego. (1975). [QB 35]

Journal of the British Astronomical Association. General Index to volumes 1 to 50 (1890 to 1940). General Index, volumes 51 to 100 (1940 October to 1990 December). [ML 33A]

Lane Poole, Mrs R. Catalogue of Portraits in the Possession of the University,Colleges, City and County of Oxford . 3 vols. Clarendon P. for the Oxford Historical Society, Oxford. (1912-1926) [not held]

Lankford,J. A Crisis in Documentation; the decline of the Obituary as a source for the History of Modern Astronomy. Bull. Amer. Astron. Soc, 16 (2). (1984). [Gallery 9E]

Learner,R. Astronomy Through the Telescope. Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York. (1981). ISBN 0-442-25839-9. [QB 88, oversize]

Lick Observatory. Preliminary Finding Aid to the Archives of the Lick Observatory. American Institute of Physics, New York. (1980). ISBN 0-88318-263-7. Also available on the Lick Archives pages of the University of California, Santa Cruz website. [QB 82 Lick, oversize].

Markham, Sir C.R. A Memoir of the Indian Surveys. London. (2 eds), 1871, 1878. [QB 281, oversize]

Matulaityte, S. Astronomai: Bibliografine rodykle [Astronomers: Bibliographical Index]. State Republican Library of the Lithuanian SSR. Vilnius. (1965). [not held]

Menzel, D. et al. Report on Lunar Nomenclature. Space Science Reviews, Volume 12 1971 pp 136-186. (Gallery 4A)

Mitton, J. Cambridge Dictionary of Astronomy. Cambridge University Press. (2001). ISBN 0521804809. 

Moore, P. Armchair Astronomy. Patrick Stephens, Wellingborough. (1984). ISBN 0-85059-718-8. [QB 44]

Moore, P. The Astronomy Encyclopaedia. Mitchell Beazley, London. (1987). ISBN 0-85533-604-8. [QB14]

O'Donoghue, F. Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum. 6 vols. British Museum, London. (1908-25). [not held]

Ormond, R. and Rogers, M., eds. Dictionary of British Portraiture. 4 volumes. Batsford, in association with National Portrait Gallery, London. (1979-81). [not held]

Phillimore, R.H. Historical Records of the Survey of India 4 vols, Dehra Dun 1945-58. [QB 281, oversize]

Poggendorff,J.C. (1863 to date). Biographisch-Literarisches Handworterbuch zur Geschichte der Exacten Wissenschaften .... various series, originally Barth, Leipzig, currently Wiley-VCH. Still in progress. [SR 5D-E]

Ridpath, I. (ed.) A Dictionary of Astronomy. Oxford University Press. (2007). ISBN 978-0-19-921493-8. [QB 14].

Robinson, N.H. The Royal Society Catalogue of Portraits. Royal Society, London. (1980). ISBN 0 85403 136 7. [QB 35].

Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts. The Manuscript Papers of British Scientists, 1600-1940. HMSO, London. (1982). ISBN 0 11 440122 5. [SR 5E]. Also included in the UK National Register of Archives on the Historical Manuscripts Commission website

Royal Society. Catalogue of Pictures and Medals in the Possession of the Royal Society. Royal Society, London, 1912. [not held] 

Royal Society. List of Fellows of the Royal Society, 1660-2000. Royal Society, London. (2001). No ISBN. Also available on the Royal Society's website [QB 1].

Royal Society. Obituaries and Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, 1830-2000. Royal Society, London. (2001). No ISBN. Also available on the Society's website [QB 1].

Rukl, A. Maps of Lunar Hemispheres. Reidel, Dordrecht. (1972). ISBN 90-277-0221-7. [QB 595]

Schmadel, L. D. Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. 4th ed. Springer, Berlin. (1999). ISBN 3 540 66292 8, [QB 651].

Scott Barr, E. An Index to Biographical Fragments in Unspecialized Scientific Journals. University of Alabama Press. (1973). ISBN 0-8173-9603-9. [ML 28G]

Stroobant, P. and Belgian National Committee. Bibliography of Astronomy 1881-1898. 18 reels microfilm plus explanatory booklet by J.B.Sykes. University Microfilms, High Wycombe. (1970). [Grove-Hills cabinet]

Taylor, E.G.R. The Mathematical Practitioners of Tudor and Stuart England. Cambridge University Press. (1954). Latest reprint, Cambridge University Press. (1970). [QB 85]

Taylor, E.G.R. The Mathematical Practitioners of Hanoverian England 1714-1840. Cambridge University Press. (1966). [QB 85]

Turkevich, J. Soviet Men of Science. Princeton. (1963). [not held].

Venn,J. and Venn,J.A. Alumni Cantabrigienses: a biographical list of all known students, graduates and holders of office at the University of Cambridge, from the earliest times to 1900. Cambridge University Press. (1922-1954). Reprinted, Krauz, Nendeln (1974-1978). [not held]

Whitaker, E.A. Mapping and Naming the Moon. Cambridge University Press. (1999). ISBN: 0521622484.

Who's Who in America.Marquis Who's Who, New Providence (N.J.) [not held].

Wilkins, H.P., and Moore, P. The Moon. Faber and Faber. London. (1958). [QB 581]

Yung, K.K. National Portrait Gallery Complete Illustrated Catalogue. 4 volumes. NPG, London. (1981). Supplement, 1980-1995, by J. Franklin. (1995). [not held]

Zinner, E. Deutsche und Niederlandische Astronomische Instrumente des 11-18 Jahrhunderts. 2nd ed. Beck, Munich. (1967). Reprinted Beck, Munich (1979). [QB 85]

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This revision by M.I. Chibnall from an original by P.D. Hingley, with contributions by I. Howarth, J. Lane, J, Mitton, and M. Penston.


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