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Hugh Frank Newall
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Birth: Jun. 21, 1857
County Durham, England
Death: Feb. 22, 1944
Cambridgeshire, England

Number #34 refers to "A Cambridge Necropolis" by Dr. Mark Goldie from March 2000 for Friends of The Parish of The Ascension Burial Ground, total 49.

Newall took the Mathematics and Natural Sciences Tripos from Trinity College, and was elected Fellow in 1909. His father was an astronomer, and the Newall Telescope, a 25-inch refractor, built at Gateshead, was in its time the largest in existence. As things turned out, the telescope would dominate the son's life. Newall took up school mastering at Wellington after graduating. He returned to Cambridge when J.J. Thomson, the Nobel prizewinning physicist, asked him to be his assistant. After a period as demonstrator in experimental physics at the Cavendish Laboratory, he turned to astronomy. This came about because in 1889 the university was offered Newall senior's telescope, but claimed to lack the funds to receive it and use it. Newall (junior) thereupon paid the removal expenses and then served as observer, and, from 1909 to 1928, as first holder of the chair of astrophysics, without a stipend. The telescope was installed beside the 1810 telescope at the Observatory on Madingley Road, and Newall built a home at Madingley Rise which became for half a century a resort of visiting astronomers. In 1913 he became the first director of the Solar Physics Observatory. Though elected FRS in 1902 for work on the spectrum of Capella, Newall was more a facilitator than a creative scientist. He lead many eclipse expeditions. He married twice, first Margaret, the granddaughter of Thomas Arnold, the famed headmaster of Rugby. After her death, childless, in 1930, Newall in June 1931 married their close friend Dame Bertha Surtees Phillpotts (18771932), Scandinavian scholar and sometime mistress of Girton College, who was already seriously ill and died seven months later; the only woman member of the Royal Commission on Cambridge (1923-7).

10 Friends of HENRY JACKSON who are also buried in 'Ascension' are:

F.M.CORNFORD (cremated)
A.S. EDDINGTON, O.M. (cremated)

* Part of the list of the Master, Fellows, Chaplains, and Organist on the Address to Dr. Jackson on the occasion of his eightieth birthday. Trinity College, 14th July 1919.

Newall, Hugh Frank.
Adm. pens.
at TRINITY, June 7, 1876.
S. of Robert Stirling [F.R.S.], of Ferndene, Gateshead-on-Tyne (and Mary dau. of Hugh Lee Pattinson, F.R.S.). B. there [June 21], 1857.
School, Rugby.
Matric. Michs. 1876; B.A. 1880; M.A. 1884.
Fellow, 1909-44.
Hon. D.Sc., Durham.
Assistant Master at Wellington College, 1881-3. F.R.S., 1902.
Assistant Demonstrator in experimental physics, 1886-7; Demonstrator, 1887-90.
Newall Observer at Cambridge, 1891-1902.
Professor of Astrophysics, 1909-28.
Director of the Solar Physics Laboratory 1913-28.
President, Royal Astronomical Society, 1907-9. Vice-President, International Astronomical Union, 1925.
President of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, 1914-15.
Married (1) June 21, 1881, Margaret, dau. of the Rev. C. T. Arnold of Rugby; (2) June 1931, Dame Bertha Surtees Phillpotts, formerly Mistress of Girton College.
His special contribution was his astrophysical research in connexion with the large equatorial telescope presented to the University by his father.
Died Feb. 22, 1944, at Cambridge.
(Rugby Sch. Reg.; Burke, L.G.; Who's Who; The Times, Feb. 23, 1944; Cambridge Review, Apr. 22, 1944; Obit.
Notices, Royal Soc. (1944), 4, 717.

See ODNB. 
Family links: 
  Susannah Margaret Arnold Newall (1850 - 1930)*
  Dame Bertha Surtees Phillpotts Newall (1887 - 1932)*
*Calculated relationship
Ascension Parish Burial Ground
City of Cambridge
Cambridgeshire, England
Plot: 4H1
Created by: Martin Douglas Packer
Record added: Sep 14, 2012
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