Herbert Hall Turner

Herbert Hall Turner (13 August 1861, Leeds – 20 August 1930, Stockholm) was a British astronomer and seismologist.

Herbert Hall Turner was educated at Clifton College and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] He went onto a glittering academic career and won many honors. He was one of the observers in the Eclipse Expeditions of 1886 and 1887. In seismology, he is credited with the discovery of deep focus earthquakes. He is also credited with coining the word parsec.


* Savilian Professor Of Astronomy In The University Of Oxford[2]
* Foundation Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge
* 1st Class Math, with Exhibition, and 1st Class Physics, with Amott Exhibition and Medal, University of London, 1880
* Mathematical Scholarship and 1st Class Experimental Physics, University of London, 1882
* Second Wrangler and Sheepshanks Astronomical Exhibitioner, Cambridge, 1882
* 1st Class Math. Tripos, 3rd part, and 2nd Smith's Prize
* Fellow of Trinity. F.R.A.S.
* Chief Assistant at Greenwich Observatory.


* Bruce Medal (1927)

Named after him

* The crater Turner on the Moon
* Asteroid 1186 Turnera


Astronomical Discovery Gutenberg ebook with plates, originally published 1904.


1. ^ Turner, Herbert Hall in Venn, J. & J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge University Press, 10 vols, 1922–1958.
2. ^ Turner, Herbert Hall (1904). Astronomical Discovery. Edward Arnold, London. pp. 225. http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/33337.

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