Always curious about those who came before me, I was recently researching a part of my family tree on Dad’s side. I came across a book written by George, a great grandson of my 5 times Great Grandfather. According to George, his own father had written to a cousin William, who lived in
I’d always been told Dad’s family immigrated to
Yep, there goes my curiosity again.
I’d made a quick note of cousin William’s name so I could utilize that “Go look it up” mentality Mom ingrained in me. William was educated all right. To begin with, he was Sir William Huggins. And that “astronomer” title? His official designation was “Spectrographic Astronomy Pioneer.”
In 1856 Sir William built a private observatory at Tulse Hill in the south of
Ironically, for his contribution to my family tree, I was saddened to learn Sir William and Margaret were childless. Sir William is survived however by craters on both the Moon and Mars which are named after him, as well as an asteroid referred to as “Minor Planet #2635”.
Cue the little voice in my head as it smirks, “Gee, what did YOU do today to aid mankind?”
Well ironically my work facility is called the “
I’m sure Sir William lives on in those he taught and encouraged. And maybe, just maybe, there’s some family gene that Sir William and I share. I’d say it’s called curiosity.