[Sir] Robert Ball


Life
1840-1913 [Robert Stawell Ball; R. S. Ball]; ed. in Chester and at TCD; Maths. Prof. Royal College of Science, Dublin; chair at Royal College of Science, Dublin, and Lowndean Professor of Astronomy, Cambridge, 1892; Irish Astronomer Royal, 1874-92; and author of a very successful work, The Story of the Heavens (1886), which receives mention in James Joyce’s Ulysses; FRS 1873; knighted 1886. ODNB DIB IBL


Works
The Story of the Sun
(1893); The Story of the Heavens (1886).

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Criticism
W. V. Ball, Reminiscences and Letters of Sir Robert Ball (1915); See also Irish Book Lover, Vol. 5.

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References
Morris Collection of Ulster Univ. Library holds Robert Stawell Ball, The Story of the Sun (1893).

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Notes
The Story of the Heavens
(1886) was included in Leopold Bloom’s library [see Ulysses, Bodley Head Edn., 1960, p.832].

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