A PERSONAL HISTORY OF H.M. NAUTICAL ALMANAC OFFICE
30 October 1930 - 18 February 1972


By Donald H. Sadler, Superintendent 1936-1971

Edited by George A. Wilkins, Superintendent 1972-1989

© Copyright United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, 2008-2011


Photo of D.H. Sadler

D.H. Sadler when President of the RAS

© Royal Astronomical Society, London

Donald Sadler drafted this account of the activities of H. M. Nautical Almanac after his retirement from the post of Superintendent following a period of nearly 42 years as a member of the staff. His manuscript was transcribed and edited by his successor, George Wilkins, after his retirement. This web-file has been produced by Catherine Hohenkerk, a current member of the Office who "just" knew Sadler and worked for Wilkins.

This account contains a great deal of material about the persons who worked in the Office and in other departments of the Observatory as well as technical information about the work of the Office. In addition it covers Sadler's relationships with others in the U.K. and overseas in connection with the work of the Office and with his personal involvement in other national and international organisations.

The whole book, consisting of the title page with photograph, reverse title page, contents, preface, forewords, prologue, 4 parts containing 17 chapters, epilogue, and 4 appendices, on 176 pages (total of 1.29 Megabytes) may be downloaded by clicking on the Whole Document here or near the bottom of the menu bar running down the left side of the screen.

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