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Well done, Rob! I've made a few changes to round out the entry a little further and to reflect the work of the RAS in the geophysical sciences. I've removed a slight inaccuracy in the previous version -- the Society's rules for award of medals are rather more complicated than "one medal for astronomy; one medal for geophysics", as implied there, but it certainly isn't worth going into the arcane details in a Wikipedia entry! It might be worth mentioning one or two of the geophysical eminences who have received the Gold Medal (Harold Jeffreys, for sure; Sidney Chapman must surely have received one, too). I'll come back to that later.
I've also inserted entries for one or two of the stubs that this edit has developed.
The RAS is currently in the category '1831 establishments'. Should it be in '1820 establishments' instead? --Robminchin 00:03, 21 October 2006 (UTC)
Astronomical Society of London is 1820. The Royal charter was in 1831. People looking in the 1820 category might expect to find the RAS. People looking in the 1831 category might also expect to find it. I think categorising the redirect will do. Carcharoth 17:12, 24 October 2007 (UTC)
At the moment, "Astronomical Society" redirects here. This could cause some confusion, and the hatnote is an attempt to alert readers to it. I just reverted a change by Modest Genius, who had changed the hatnote to refer only to the societies whose names resemble "Royal Astronomical Society". I would be in favour of putting that change back in if the redirection from "Astronomical Society" was removed, or changed to a disambiguation page, or even redirected to the List of Astronomical Societies. Or is there some particular reason why it should redirect to this article in particular? --Gronk Oz (talk) 16:33, 24 July 2014 (UTC)
I hadn't realised that Astronomical Society redirected here. That seems rather odd - surely it should go directly to List of Astronomical Societies? 150 years ago the phrase 'the astronomical society' probably really did refer to the RAS, but today there are dozens of astronomical societies. Maybe bring it up at WP:AST or WP:RFD. For the moment I've tweaked the hatnote to avoid singling out any one particular society - we can reassess if/when the redirect changes. Modest Geniustalk 09:24, 25 July 2014 (UTC)