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Collection Level Description: Papers of Stephen Peter Rigaud

Reference: MSS. Eng. misc. c. 807-8, e. 1366-8
Title: Papers of Stephen Peter Rigaud
Dates of Creation: 1812-86
Extent: 5 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Stephen Peter Rigaud (1774-1839), astronomer, was Savilian Professor of Astronomy at Oxford University, 1810-39, and also Radcliffe Observer from 1827. He came of a French Protestant family, and was the son of Stephen Rigaud, Observer at Kew. He was educated at Richmond and Exeter College, Oxford (matriculated 15 April 1791, BA 1797, MA 1799, Fellow of the College, 1794-1810). He was especially interested in the historical side of science, and is best known for his editions of Miscellaneous works and correspondence of the Rev. James Bradley (Oxford, 1832) and of Correspondence of Scientific Men of the Seventeenth Century, a posthumous work (Oxford, 1841). Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Correspondence and papers of Stephen Peter Rigaud and members of his family, consisting of:

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were bought at Sotheby's in 1978.

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Related Units of Description

See also Rigaud Manuscripts and the Savile Collection.

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Rigaud | Stephen Peter | 1774-1839 | Astronomer

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