Friday 12 March 2021

A 7 inch Cooke in Manchester

 A 7 inch Cooke in Manchester

Eddowes Bowman 1810-1869 was born in Nantwich in Cheshire and although he considered going into an engineering profession but his career took him into the field of classical literature.

He became chair of Greek and Latin Classics and Greek and Roman History in Manchester New College. It was also at this time that he developed an interest in natural science. This included astronomy.

In the early 1860s he purchased a 7.25 Cooke refractor in a specially constructed observatory. I do not know if the observatory was built by Cookes. Due to his many other interests it appears as if the telescope was little used. He died at Victoria Park Manchester on July 10th 1869.

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