3-15-5. George Howard Darwin to H. Poincaré

Jan. 12. ’00

Newnham Grange–Cambridge11 1 Darwin employed stationery from the Athenæum, and took care to bar the letterhead.

Dear Monsieur Poincaré,

It is with much pleasure that I announce to you that the Royal Astronomical Society has today awarded to you its gold medal for your contributions to the astronomical science. You will shortly receive a formal intimation of the same fact from Sir William Huggins, the Foreign Secretary of the Society.22 2 William Huggins (1824–1910).

I am especially glad that this event should have occurred during my tenure of the office of President. It will be my duty to present the medal to you at the annual meeting on the second Friday in February, which falls I think on the 9th of that month.33 3 Darwin was president of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1899; his address appeared in the Monthly Notices (Darwin 1900).

We all much hope that it may be possible for you to be present in person on that occasion.

I remain, Yours very Sincerely

GH Darwin

ALS 4p. Collection particulière, Paris 75017.

Time-stamp: "13.01.2016 14:28"


  • G. H. Darwin (1900) Presentation of the Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society to M. Henri Poincaré. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 60, pp. 406–415. External Links: Link Cited by: footnote 3.