Stars, Pyramids & Photographs – now open for registration

July 3, 2019, from Sian Giles-Titcombe

Stars, Pyramids & Photographs – now open for registration

Events to celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Piazzi Smyth The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 3-4 September 2019

Charles Piazzi Smyth is the man who invented mountain top astronomy, started the One O’clock Gun, was a photographic pioneer, measured the Great Pyramid of Giza, made significant advances in solar spectroscopy, meteorology, and the zodiacal light, and was a prolific artist. He is alive on Twitter @piazzismyth and has a dedicated website at

There are three bookable events:

Sept 2nd, evening: a screening of the 2016 film “A Residence Above the Clouds”.
Panel discussion after the film. Tickets available for £4.

Sept 3rd, evening: a public lecture by Denis Pellerin (London Stereoscopic Company, and the archivist for Brian May’s stereo photograph collection.) Denis will hand out special glasses so the audience get the 3D effect! Wine and nibbles reception afterwards. Tickets available for £12.

Sept 3-4 daytime: the Piazzi Smyth Symposium. Two full days of talks by historians of science, Egyptology and photography, astronomers and curators, including a plenary lecture by Professor Simon Schaffer. Registration £45. (£25 for students). The registration fee includes lunches and coffee breaks and includes the above evening events.

More information, and link to registration page, available at:

We thank the Centre for the History of the Sciences, University of Kent; the Royal Society of Edinburgh; the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh; the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh; and Ursula Martn (on behalf of the developing network of historians of science in Scotland) for their support.