Hugh Percy Wilkins
Professionally he worked as a mechanical engineer and a civil servant, but he is most noted for his efforts as an amateur astronomer, particularly as a selenographer. He was elected to the British Astronomical Association in 1918 and for a period he was the Director of the Lunar Section.
He produced a 100" map of the Moon, which included new names for a number of features. In 1948 he put forward a request to the IAU that twenty-two new names be adopted. However he was turned down on the premise that the features were small or near the limb and already had letter designations.
In 1951 he published a 300"-diameter map of the Moon, considered by some as the culmination of the art of selenography prior to the space age. However his maps were dense with detail, some of which was fictitious, making them less useful. He made additional requests to the IAU in 1952 and 1955, which were turned down. However the Goodacre and Mee crater names from a 1926 map he had produced did become part of the lunar nomenclature.
He also published a number of books intended to popularize astronomy, including two works in collaboration with Sir Patrick Moore. The most notable was his work, The Moon, which included his map.
For years Dr Wilkins took the astronomy evening class at Crayford Manor House where they continue to use a copy of his 300 inch map regularly in the observatory.
DR Wilkins died suddenly on January 23, 1960, having only retired on December 31, 1959.
- H.P. Wilkins, "300-inch Moon map", 1951.
- H.P. Wilkins, "The True Book About the Stars", 1953, London, Muller.
- H.P. Wilkins and P. Moore, "The Moon; A Complete Description of the Surface of the Moon", 1955, London, Faber and Faber.
- H.P. Wilkins, "Mysteries of Space and Time", 1955, London, Muller.
- H.P. Wilkins, "Clouds, Rings and Crocodiles: By Spaceship Round the Planets," 1955.
- H.P. Wilkins and P. Moore, "Making and using a telescope; the home assembly and applications of astronomical equipment", 1956, London, Eyre & Spottiswoode.
- H.P. Wilkins, "Guide to the Heavens", 1956, London, F. Muller.
- H.P. Wilkins, "Instructions to Young Astronomers", 1957, London, Museum Press.
- H.P. Wilkins, "The True Book About the Moon", 1960, London, F. Muller.
He also wrote several articles for Popular Astronomy.
- E.A. Whitaker, "Mapping and Naming the Moon", 1999.
- Crayford Manor House Astronomical Society
- M.E.Coombes (Daughter) letter to Kentish Times 6th August 2009
- Llanelli Community Heritage