Charles Piazzi Smyth2019-03-20T16:40:35+01:00

Charles Piazzi Smyth

It’s the 200th anniversary of the birth of the famous and controversial Victorian astronomer, Charles Piazzi Smyth. As Astronomer Royal for Scotland, he created the One O’Clock Gun tradition, started the idea of mountaintop astronomy, pioneered stereo photography, measured the Great Pyramid of Gizeh (coming up with some strange theories…), and wrote many popular books. He was also a prolific artist.

In these web pages you can read all about Piazzi Smyth’s colourful life, view some of his wonderful photographs and watercolours, and find out why his work with time, the stars, photography – and yes, that controversial pyramid stuff! – was so important.

You can also see what is going on this year – a new exhibition at the Nelson Monument, a variety of public talks, a public experiment with the Time Gun, and a Symposium all about his life and work. To give you a flavour, scroll down to find a ten minute video that is part of the Nelson Monument exhibition.

Charles Piazzi Smyth portrait

ABOUT
PIAZZI SMYTH

200th ANNIVERSARY

SYMPOSIUM

NELSON MONUMENT
EXHIBITION

TIME GUN
EXPERIMENT

SCIENCE, ART
& SOCIETY

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Charles Piazzi Smyth Symposium

3 September - 4 September

NEWS & BLOG

Edinburgh Castle Blog Post

2 May 2019|History, News|

The nice folks at Edinburgh Castle have written a lovely blog post all about Charles Piazzi Smyth, the Time Ball, and the One O'Clock Gun. We have been working with Historic Environment Scotland at Edinburgh [...]

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