Piazzi Smyth Symposium2019-03-19T12:57:15+01:00

Piazzi Smyth Symposium

Charles Piazzi Smyth fascinates a wide range of people – Astronomers, Historians, Photography experts, Egyptologists, Art lovers, and the public in general – especially Edinburgh citizens who are fascinated by the history of their City. During Sept 2-4 2019 we are gathering experts from a variety of fields to discuss his life and his legacy. Although the presentations will be by experts, our aim is to make as much as possible accessible to a wide audience.

All the events take place at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, in George Street. More precise details will be available in due course, but here is the plan:

  • Monday Sept 2nd, evening: a screening of “A Residence Above the Clouds”, a 2016 film directed by Guillermo Carnero-Rosell, which records the experiences of Scottish and Spanish students coming together in Tenerife to try to reproduce Piazzi Smyth’s classic experiments in Mountain Top Astronomy.
  • Tuesday Sept 3rd, daytime: the first day of talks and debate by experts and researchers on topics related to the life and legacy of Charles Piazzi Smyth – mountain top astronomy, photography, spectroscopy, and pyramidology. What did he do, and what has happened since?
  • Tuesday Sept 3rd, evening: a public lecture by Denis Pellerin of the London Stereoscopic Company, who is the archivist of the Brian May collection of stereo photographs. Denis will talk about the past, present and future of stereo photography, and will give us some live demonstrations.
  • Wednesday Sept 4th, daytime: a second day of talks and debate by experts and researchers on the life and legacy of Charles Piazzi Smyth.

The movie screening and the public talk by Denis Pellerin are free events, but will be bookable in advance. The scholarly symposium during the day is open to all, but will have a modest registration fee.

For academics and researchers who wish to contribute to the scholarly symposium, there is a Call for Papers. In due course there will be a registration page for those who wish to attend the talks.

Symposium Events

Charles Piazzi Smyth Symposium

3 September - 4 September