|Name||Simms, Frederick Walter
|Place of work||Greenwich|
||1830 – 21 Oct 1835
|Born||1803, Dec 24
|Died||1865, Feb 27
|Family connections||Brother of William Simms (1793–1860) who made instruments for the Observatory with his partner Edward Troughton
At the start of October 1835, Airy arrived as the new Astronomer Royal. A condition of him accepting the post was that the First Assistant Thomas Taylor should be removed from office. According to Airy, (writing in his autobiography), Simms ‘apparently had hoped for the office of First Assistant, for which he was quite incompetent’. Simms resigned soon after on 21 October. He was replaced by James Glaisher, Airy’s former Assistant at the Cambridge University Observatory, who interestingly had also been previously employed on the Trigonometrical Survey of Ireland. Following his departure, Simms developed a new career as a railway surveyor and engineer and published more books on surveying and tunnelling. He also produced the 1838 Map of The Parish of Greenwich in the County of Kent, for the Tithe Commissioners.
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Frederick Walter Simms by Maull & Polyblank. Albumen print, arched top, 1855. National Portrait Gallery Object ID: NPG P120(8)