Sir Richard Gregory, 1st Baronet

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Sir Richard Arman Gregory, 1st Baronet FRS,[1] FRAS (29 January 1864 – 15 September 1952), was a British astronomer and promoter of science.

Gregory was professor of astronomy at Queen's College, London, and wrote textbooks on astronomy, chemistry, hygiene, physics and other scientific subjects.[2] He was also a member of the Council of British Association for the advancement of science and Chairman of the Committee on Science Teaching in Secondary Schools. He was knighted in 1919, for "remarkable public work in organising the British Scientific Products Exhibition".[3][4] He subsequently served as editor of Nature between 1919 and 1939[5], and was credited with helping to establish Nature in the international scientific community. In 1924, he served as President of the Geographical Association. His obituary by the Royal Society stated: "Gregory was always very interested in the international contacts of science, and in the columns of Nature he always gave generous space to accounts of the activities of the International Scientific Unions."[1] He was created a Baronet, of Bristol in the County of Gloucester, on 30 January 1931.[6] In 1933 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.[7]

Gregory died in September 1952, aged 88, when the baronetcy became extinct. Gregory was elected by the old students of the Royal College of Science to be president of the Royal College of Science Association of Imperial College London, and served from 1919 until 1922.


  1. ^ a b Stratton, F. J. M. (1953). "Richard Arman Gregory. 1864-1952". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society. 8 (22): 410–426. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1953.0007. JSTOR 769219.
  2. ^ University of Sussex: Richard Gregory Archive
  3. ^ "No. 31316". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 April 1919. p. 5422.
  4. ^ "No. 31361". The London Gazette. 27 May 1919. p. 6508.
  5. ^ "Obituary Sir Richard Gregory, Bart., F.R.S.". Nature. 170: 520. 27 September 1952.
  6. ^ "No. 33686". The London Gazette. 3 February 1931. p. 744.
  7. ^ The Royal Society: List of Fellows of the Royal Society 1660 – 2007
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Bristol)
Preceded by
Norman Lockyer (1869-1919)
Editor in Chief of Nature
Succeeded by
L. J. F. Brimble (1939-1961)
Succeeded by
A. J. V. Gale (1939-1961)