John Rusell Hind, astronomer, 1854-1866.
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Carte de visite photograph by Maull & Company of John Rusell Hind (1823-1895). At the age of seventeen Hind started working in the magnetic and meteorological department of the Royal Observatory at Greenwich. He was director of the observatory founded by George Bishop (1785-1861) in Regent's Park, London, in 1844. Hind also superintended the 'Nautical Almanack' (1853-91). The Almanack, used in conjunction with the marine chronometer and a sextant, enabled navigators to find longitude in relation to the Greenwich meridian. Hind was also president of the Royal Astronomical Society (1889-81).