|Name||Lynn, William Thynne
|Place of work||Greenwich|
||Apr 1854 – Apr 1855 & Sep 1856 – 31 Jan 1880
||To Cambridge Observatory as Junior Assistant
|1871, Apr 1
||Second Class Assistant (following regrading exercise)
|1875, Jan 1
||First Class Assistant|
|Born||1835, Aug 9
|Died||1911, Dec 11
|Objects named after him||Asteroid (4358) Lynn. Discovered 5 Oct 1909 by Philip Cowell at Greenwich|
||1 Burgess Place, Old Dover Road, Blackheath (now 101 Old Dover Road): lodger
|1885–1887||4 South Vale (Road), Blackheath|
|1889–1899||3 South Vale, Blackheath|
|1902–1910||26 South Vale, Blackheath|
|1911||25 Lawn Terrace, Blackheath (census)|
Lynn started work at Greenwich as a Computer at the age of 18. In 1855, he was recommended by Airy for the post of Junior Assistant at the Cambridge Observatory. He was brought back to Greenwich as an Assistant following the death of John Henry. In 1871 when the pay scales were restructured, he, together with the other more junior assistants (Criswick and Carpenter), was regraded as a Second Class Assistant. When Glaisher resigned at the end of 1874, Lynn was promoted by Airy over Criswick (who had arrived at the Observatory as an Assistant a year before Lynn in 1855). Criswick was eventually promoted to the grade of First Class Assistant the next time a post became vacant – which wasn’t until 1880 following the retirement of Lynn on the grounds of ill health. At the intervention of Airy, Lynn was awarded able to retire with his pension.
In 1856, Lynn was first placed in charge of the reduction of the meridian zenith-distance observations, a department which was always assigned in those days to the junior assistant; but on the retirement of Hugh Breen in 1859 he was made Superintendent of Supernumerary Computers, and placed in charge of the miscellaneous computations for, and of the printing of, the annual Greenwich volume. He occupied this position until 1871, when the offices in the Observatory were reorganized, and the charge of the Altazimuth. was transferred to him from Dunkin.
Lynn obtatined a B.A from the University of London in 1861. In retirement, he wrote extensively. Click here for a list of his books.
An image of Lynn was published as the frontispiece to Volume 35 of The Observatory to accompany his obituary. It is not currently (Jan 2016) available online.