Royal Astronomical Society

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Professional association

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Royal Astronomical Society

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Description area

Dates of existence

1820 -


The Royal Astronomical Societ (RAS) was established on 10 March 1820 with the first meeting of the Council and the Society in London. The Society assumed its name on 7 March 1831 after a Royal Charter was signed by William IV. The original objectives of the Society was the promotion of astronomy and geophysics. The Society's three main functions of maintaining a Library, organizing scientific meetings, and publishing journals continues.



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social club

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Entered from deposit description on 20 August 2015




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