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James, H (1873). Account of the field surveying and the preparation of the manuscript plans of the Ordnance Survey. London: HMSO.

Details of the pendulum operations by James Palladio Basevi; William James Heaviside; Alexander Ross Clarke; John Herschel

Account of the operations of the great trigonometrical survey of India. Vol. V


Oxford DNB ODNBfirst published 2004; online edn, Oct 2007, 660 words v11 p841

Volume 7, Issue 49 (01 July 1943) , pp. 107-116 Survey Review < Prev Next > A GREAT BRITISH GEODESIST ALEXANDER Ross CLARKE (1828–1914) C. F. Arden-Close

Winterbottom H S L Nature 92 (1914) 692-693 another obit

BLACK, A. & C. Who Was Who, 1897-1916. A. & C. Black Limited, London, 1920, p. 139.

Colonel Lewis Alexander Hall 1847-1854 Major General Sir Henry James 1854-1875 Major General John Cameron 1875-1878 Colonel Alexander Ross Clarke 1878 * Major General Anthony C. Cooke 1878-1883 Colonel Richard H. Stotherd 1883-1886 Colonel Sir Charles William Wilson 1886-1894 Colonel John Farquharson 1894-1899 Colonel Sir Duncan A. Johnston 1899-1905 Colonel R.C. Hellard 1905-1908 Colonel Samuel Charles Norton Grant 1908-1911 Colonel Sir Charles Frederick Close 1911-1922


Conolly (1898)

  • Conolly, T. W. J. (1898). Roll of Officers of the Corps of Royal Engineers From 1660 to 1898. Chatham, Kent: Royal Engineers Institute. p. 31. 

  • Clarke, Alexander Ross. text  Missing or empty |title= (help)

RSL obit

de Sentis 2002

(Close 1925)

  • Close, Charles (1925). "The life and work of Alexander Ross Clarke". Royal Engineers Journal 39: 658–665. 

(Seymour 1980)

(Owen & Pilbeam 1992)

  • Owen, Tim; Pilbeam, Elaine (1992). Ordnance Survey, map makers to Britain since 1791. Southampton: Ordnance Survey (HMSO). ISBN 9780319002490. OCLC 28220563. 


Times 1853 Times 1870 Times 1887 Times 1914


(Britannica 1911a) (Britannica 1911b) (Britannica 1911c)

Clarke & Close (1911)

  • Clarke, Alexander Ross; Close, Charles Frederick (1911). Map. Cambridge University Press. OCLC 319978090. Extracted from pp629-663 of the 1911 edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Note that Close changed his name to Arden-Close by deedpoll in 1938. 


(Clarke & James 1858b)(Clarke & James 1866a)(Clarke & James 1867) (Clarke & James 1872)(Clarke 1880)

Abstracts of the principal lines of spirit levelling in England

Two volumes bound in dark green covers, each with title in gilt on spine. V. 1. Abstracts, 624 pages, map and tables, with title " Abstract of levelling in England and Wales ". V.2. map and 24 diagrams, with title "Levelling in England and Wales - Plates". Note: "The work of abstracting the Levels has been performed by the computers ... under immediate superintendence of Captain Alexander Ross Clarke ..."

(Title Page to) Ordnance Survey. (Vol.1) Abstracts of the principal lines of spirit levelling in England and Wales. By Colonel Sir Henry James, R.E., F.R.S., &c. ... Published by order of the Secretary of State War. London : Printed by George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, ... and sold by Messer, Longman, Green, Longman and Roberts, Paternoster Row. 1861.


(Clarke 1850)(Clarke 1851)(Clarke 1858a)(Clarke 1859a)(Clarke 1859b)(Clarke 1861) (Clarke 1866b)(Clarke 1866c)(Clarke 1870a)(Clarke 1870b)(Clarke 1876)(Clarke 1877a)(Clarke 1877b)(Clarke 1877c)(Clarke 1878)

RSL 1914

  • Clarke, Alexander Ross (1850). "Propositions on the tetrahedron". Mathematician 3: 182–189. 
  • Clarke, Alexander Ross (1851). "On the measurements of azimuths on a spheroid". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 11: 147–147. 
  • Clarke, Alexander Ross (1858a). "Note on Archdeacon Pratt's Paper on the effect of local attraction in the English Arc". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: 787–790. 
  • Clarke, Alexander Ross (1859a). "Note on the figure of the Earth". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 19: 36–38. 
  • Clarke, Alexander Ross (1859b). "On the reduction of occultations". Memoirs of Royal Astronomical Society 27: 97–110. 
  • Clarke, Alexander Ross (1861). "On the figure of the Earth". Memoirs of Royal Astronomical Society 29: 2544. 
  • Clarke, Alexander Ross (1866b). "On Archdeacon Platt's Figure of the Earth". Philosophical Magazine 31: 193–196. 
  • Clarke, Alexander Ross (1866c). "On the figure of the earth". Philosophical Magazine 32: 236–237. 
  • Clarke, Alexander Ross (1870a). "On a determination of the direction of the meridian with a Russian diagonal transit instrument". Memoirs of the Royal Astronomical Society 37: 57–74. 
  • Clarke, Alexander Ross (1870b). "On the course of geodesic lines on the Earth's surface". Philosophical Magazine 39: 352–363. 
  • Clarke, Alexander Ross (1876). "On the elasticity of brass". Philosophical Magazine 2: 131–134. 
  • Clarke, Alexander Ross (1877a). "Just intonation". Nature 15: 159–160, 253, 353=354. 
  • Clarke, Alexander Ross (1877b). "On a correction to observed latitudes". Philosophical Magazine 4: 302–305. 
  • Clarke, Alexander Ross (1877c). "On the potential of an ellipsoid at an external point". Philosophical Magazine 4: 458–61. 
  • Clarke, Alexander Ross (1878). "On the figure of the Earth". Philosophical Magazine 6: 81–93. 


ADAMS 1921 [1]




BUZENGEIGER Legendre theorem on spherical triangles (to fourth order) [5]

CLARKE Geodesy [6]).

DELAMBRE meridian 1798 [7]

GAUSS Legendre theorem on spherical triangles [8]


GEOTRANS converter [10]


KARNEY transverse Mercator [12]

KRUGER transverse Mercator [13]

LAMBERT transverse Mercator [14]

LEE exact [15]

LEE series [16]

LEGENDRE 1 theorem stated not proved [17]

LEGENDRE 2 theorem proved [18]



NADENIK Legendre theorem survey [21]

NELL Legendre theorem to order 6 [22]


NIST [24]

OSBORNE (Spherical trig page 16 Legendre) [25]

OSBORNE Mercator Projections [26]

OSGB [27]

PEARSON Trig textbook Legendre theorem at para41 page103 [28]

PODER [29]

RAPP [30]


SNYDER flattening [32]

SNYDER workbook [33]




TORGE [37]

TROPKFE Legendre theorem possibly in 1740 [38]

UTM [39]



WGS84 [42]

  1. ^ Adams, Oscar S (1921). Latitude Developments Connected With Geodesy and Cartography, (with tables, including a table for Lambert equal area meridional projection). Special Publication No. 67 of the US Coast and Geodetic Survey. A facsimile of this publication is available from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at Warning: Adams uses the nomenclature isometric latitude for the conformal latitude of this article.
  2. ^ The Astronomical Almanac published annually by the National Almanac Office in the United States ( and the United Kingdom (
  3. ^ F. W. Bessel, 1825, ¨Uber die Berechnung der geographischen L¨angen und Breiten aus geod¨atischen Vermessungen, Astron. Nachr., 4(86), 241–254, doi:10.1002/asna.201011352, translated into English by C. F. F. Karney and R. E. Deakin as The calculation of longitude and latitude from geodesic measurements, Astron. Nachr. 331(8), 852–861 (2010), E-print arXiv:0908.1824,
  4. ^ Borre[1]
  5. ^ Buzengeiger, Karl Heribert Ignatz (1818), [[2] Vergleichung zweier kleiner Dreiecke von gleichen Seiten, wovon das eine sphärisch, das andere eben ist], Zeitschrift für Astronomie und verwandte Wissenschaften (v6): 264—270 
  6. ^ Clarke, Alexander Ross (1880), Geodesy, Clarendon Press  Recently republished at Forgotten Books.
  7. ^ Delambre, Jean Baptiste Joseph (1798), [[3] Méthodes analytiques pour la détermination d’un arc du méridien] 
  8. ^ Gauss, Karl Friedrich (1841 page=96), [[4] Elementare Ableitung eines zuerst von Legendre aufgestellten Lehrsatzes der sphärischen Trigonometrie journal=Journal für die reine und angewandte Mathematik (vol 2)]  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ Gauss, Karl Friedrich, 1825. "Allgemeine Auflösung der Aufgabe: die Theile einer gegebnen Fläche auf einer andern gegebnen Fläche so abzubilden, daß die Abbildung dem Abgebildeten in den kleinsten Theilen ähnlich wird" Preisarbeit der Kopenhagener Akademie 1822. Schumacher Astronomische Abhandlungen, Altona, no. 3, p. 5=30. [Reprinted, 1894, Ostwald’s Klassiker der Exakten Wissenschaften, no. 55: Leipzig, Wilhelm Engelmann, p. 57-81, with editing by Albert Wangerin, pp. 97-101. Also in Herausgegeben von der Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen in Kommission bei Julius Springer in Berlin, 1929, v. 12, pp. 1-9.]
  10. ^ Geotrans, 2010, Geographic translator, version 3.0, URL
  11. ^ Hofmann-Wellenhof, B and Moritz, H (2006 and 2005). 'Physical Geodesy (second edition)' ISBN-103211-33544-7.
  12. ^ Karney, Charles F. F. (2010). Transverse Mercator with an accuracy of a few nanometers. To be published in Computational Physics. Available as a preprint [5] with resource material at [6].
  13. ^ Krüger, L. (1912). Konforme Abbildung des Erdellipsoids in der Ebene. Royal Prussian Geodetic Institute, New Series 52.
  14. ^ Lambert, Johann Heinrich. 1772. Ammerkungen und Zusatze zurder Land und Himmelscharten Entwerfung. In Beyträge zum Gebrauche der Mathematik und deren Anwendung, part 3, section 6) name=wangerin>Albert Wangerin (Editor), 1894. Ostwald's Klassiker der exacten Wissenschaften (54). Published by Wilhelm Engelmann. This is Lambert's paper with additional comments by the editor. Available at the University of Michigan Historical Math Library.
  15. ^ Lee, L.P. (1976). Conformal Projections Based on Elliptic Functions. Supplement No. 1 to Canadian Cartographer, Vol 13. (Designated as Monograph 16). Toronto: Department of Geography, York University. A report of unpublished analytic formulae involving incomplete elliptic integrals obtained by E.H. Thompson in 1945. The article may be purchased from University of Toronto[7]. At the present time (2010) it is necessary to purchase several units in order to obtain the relevant pages: pp 1-14, 92-101 and 107-114.
  16. ^ Lee L P, (1946). Survey Review, Volume 8 (Part 58), pp 142-152. The transverse Mercator projection of the spheroid. (Errata and comments in Volume 8 (Part 61), pp 277–278.NAG WGS84 on the site of National Geodetic Survey
  17. ^ Legendre, Adrien-Marie (1787), Mémoire sur les opérations trigonométriques, dont les résultats dépendent de la figure de la Terre, p. 7-8 (Article  VI[8] 
  18. ^ Legendre, Adrien-Marie (1798), [[9] Méthode pour déterminer la longueur exacte du quart du méridien d’après les observations faites pour la mesure de l’arc compris entre Dunkerque et Barcelone], p. 12-14 (Note III[10])  This article is included in the work of Delambre.
  19. ^ Maxima, 2009, A computer algebra system, version 5.20.1, URL
  20. ^ Maling, Derek Hylton (1992), Coordinate Systems and Map Projections (second ed.), Pergamon Press, ISBN 0080372333 .
  21. ^ Nádeník, Zbyněk, [[11] Legendre theorem on spherical triangles] 
  22. ^ NELL (1874), Zur höherin Geodäsie, p. 324  Section A of this paper proves the Legendre theorem to the sixth order. (Page 329)
  23. ^ Isaac Newton:Principia Book III Proposition XIX Problem III, p. 407 in Andrew Motte translation, available on line at [12]
  24. ^ Olver, F. W.J.; Lozier, D.W.; Boisvert, R.F. et al., eds. (2010,), NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions, Cambridge University Press  Check date values in: |date= (help);
  25. ^ Osborne, Peter (2013), Spherical Trigonometry, (Appendix D of The Mercator Projections), p. 16 
  26. ^ Osborne, Peter (2013), The Mercator Projections 
  27. ^ A guide to coordinate systems in Great Britain. This is available as a pdf document at [13]]
  28. ^ Pearson, Henry (1831), A syllabus of plane and spherical trigonometry, Cambridge.  Legendre's theorem is at Article 41, page103 [14]
  29. ^ K. E. Engsager and K. Poder, 2007, A highly accurate world wide algorithm for the transverse Mercator mapping (almost), in Proc. XXIII Intl. Cartographic Conf. (ICC2007), Moscow, p. 2.1.2.
  30. ^ Rapp, Richard H (1991), Geometric Geodesy, Part I, [15] 
  31. ^ Redfearn, J C B (1948). Survey Review, Volume 9 (Part 69), pp 318-322, Transverse Mercator formulae.
  32. ^ Snyder, John P (1993), Flattening the Earth: Two Thousand Years of Map Projections, University of Chicago Press, ISBN 0-226-76747-7 
  33. ^ Snyder, John P. (1987), Map Projections – A Working Manual. U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1395, United States Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 
  34. ^ Stuifbergen, N 2009, Wide zone transverse Mercator projection, Technical Report 262, Canadian Hydrographic Service, URL
  35. ^ Thomas, Paul D (1952). Conformal Projections in Geodesy and Cartography. Washington: U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Special Publication 251.
  36. ^ Tobler, Waldo R, Notes and Comments on the Composition of Terrestrial and Celestial Maps, 1972. University of Michigan Press
  37. ^ Torge, W (2001) Geodesy (3rd edition), published by de Gruyter, isbn=3-11-017072-8
  38. ^ Tropfke, Johannes (1903), [[16] Geschichte der Elementar-Mathematik (Volume 2).], Verlag von Veit, p. 295 
  39. ^ J. W. Hager, J.F. Behensky, and B.W. Drew, 1989, The universal grids: Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) and Universal Polar Stereographic (UPS), Technical Report TM 8358.2, Defense Mapping Agency, URL publications/tm8358.2/TM8358 2.pdf.
  40. ^ Vincenty (PDF)
  41. ^ Albert Wangerin (Editor), 1894. Ostwald's Klassiker der exacten Wissenschaften (54). Published by Wilhelm Engelmann. This is Lambert's paper with additional comments by the editor. Available at the University of Michigan Historical Math Library.
  42. ^ The WGS84 parameters are listed in the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency publication TR8350.2 page 3-1.