Richard Anthony Proctor, English astronomer, 1883.
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Chromolithograph by Vincent Brooks Day & Son of a caricature by Leslie Ward, better known as Spy, for 'Vanity Fair' magazine. Richard Anthony Proctor (1837-1888) attended King's College, London and St John's College, Cambridge. He graduated in 1860 and read for the bar but later turned to astronomy. His popular writing style earned him a wide readership, and his numerous works were hugely publicly influential. He wrote for 'The Intellectual Observer', 'Chambers's Journal' and the 'Popular Science Review', and in 1881 founded the popular science magazine 'Knowledge'. He lectured in astronomy in England, America and Australia, and was elected a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1866. Dimensions: 400mm x 270mm.