Stephen Joseph Perry - Scientific Work

Scientific Work

In company with Father Walter Sidgreaves, he made magnetic surveys, in 1868, of Western, in 1869 of Eastern, France, and in 1871 of Belgium. In 1870 he went in charge of a government expedition to observe a solar eclipse at Cadiz; at Carriacou (West Indies) in 1886; in Moscow in 1887; and at the Îles du Salut in 1889, on which journey he died.

In 1874 he headed a party similarly sent to Kerguelen in the South Indian Ocean, to observe a transit of Venus, when he also took a series of observations to determine the absolute longitude of the place, and others for the magnetic elements, not only at Kerguelen itself, but, on his way to and fro, at the Cape, Bombay, Aden, Port Said, Malta, Palermo, Rome, Naples, Florence, and Moncalieri. He likewise drew up a Blue-book on the climate of "The Isle of Desolation", as Kerguelen was called by Captain Cook.

In 1882 he went again with Sidgreaves, to observe a similar transit in Madagascar, and he again took advantage of the occasion for magnetic purposes. In 1874 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society.

At Stonyhurst, while he greatly developed the meteorological work of the observatory, and in the province of astronomy made frequent observations of Jupiter's satellites, of stellar occultations, of comets, and of meteorites, it was in the department of solar physics that he specially laboured, particular attention being paid to sun spots and faculae. For observation in illustration of these an ingenious method was devised and patiently pursued.

Father Perry was much in request as a lecturer. He died on an eclipse expedition. The observation on this occasion was successful, and Father Perry, though already ill, managed to perform his part without interruption. As soon as it was over, however, he became alarmingly worse, and having gotten on board HMS Comus, which had been detained for the service, he died at sea five days later, 27 December 1889. He was buried in the Catholic cemetery at Georgetown, Demerara.

Read more about this topic:  Stephen Joseph Perry

Other articles related to "scientific, scientific work, work":

Charles Grafton Page - Controversy and Impact From Politics, War, and Patents
... As with the challenge to spiritualism described above, Page's scientific undertakings brought him into public arenas where politics and controversy held sway ... impacted him during his lifetime and contributed to the longstanding historical neglect of his scientific work and personal story, thereby reducing general ... coalesced into a lobby with a voice projected through the journal Scientific American ...
History Of Science And Technology In The People's Republic Of China - Historical Development of Science and Technology Policy - Pre-1949 Patterns
... persistent record keeping by the premodern standards), China became one of the hotbeds of scientific discoveries and technological development of the premodern ... China once led the world, it was unable to realize what is known as the "Scientific Revolution" whose origin may well have been oriental/Chinese ... China was a world leader in technology and scientific discovery ...
History Of Science And Technology In The People's Republic Of China - Historical Development of Science and Technology Policy - Tensions in The 1950s To 1970s
... in the Hundred Flowers Campaign of 1956-57 — to air complaints of excessive time taken from scientific work by political meetings and rallies or of the harmful ... projects, to involve the uneducated masses in such research work as plant breeding or pest control, and to expand rapidly the ranks of scientific and technical ... The scientific establishment was attacked during the Cultural Revolution, causing major damage to China's science and technology ...

Famous quotes containing the words scientific work, work and/or scientific:

    Anyone who is practically acquainted with scientific work is aware that those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact; and anyone who has studied the history of science knows that almost every great step therein has been made by the “anticipation of Nature.”
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–95)

    In a world where women work three times as hard for half as much, our achievement has been denigrated, both marriage and divorce have turned against us, our motherhood has been used as an obstacle to our success, our passion as a trap, our empathy for others as an excuse to underpay us.
    Erica Jong (20th century)

    The teacher must derive not only the capacity, but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. In our system, she must become a passive, much more than an active, influence, and her passivity shall be composed of anxious scientific curiosity and of absolute respect for the phenomenon which she wishes to observe. The teacher must understand and feel her position of observer: the activity must lie in the phenomenon.
    Maria Montessori (1870–1952)