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Hugh Percy Wilkins


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Hugh Percy Wilkins (4 December 1896 23 January 1960) was a Welsh-born


engineer and amateur astronomer.
He was born Hugh Percival Wilkins in Carmarthen, where he received his early
education, then lived near Llanelli prior to moving to England. During the First
World War he served in the Royal Army Corps.
By profession, he was a mechanical engineer and civil servant, but his
reputation rests on his achievements as an amateur astronomer, particularly as
a selenographer. He was elected to the British Astronomical Association in
1918 and was Director of its Lunar Section from 1946 to 1956.
He produced a 100" map of the Moon, which included new names for a number
of features. In 1948 he put forward a request to the IAU that twenty-two new
names be adopted. However he was turned down on the premise that the
features were small or near the limb and already had letter designations.
In 1951 he published a 300"-diameter map of the Moon, considered by some as
the culmination of the art of selenography prior to the space age. However his
maps were dense with detail, some of which was ctitious, making them less
useful. He made additional requests to the IAU in 1952 and 1955, which were
turned down. However the Goodacre and Mee crater names from a 1926 map
he had produced did become part of the lunar nomenclature.
He also published a number of books intended to popularize astronomy,
including two works in collaboration with Sir Patrick Moore. The most notable
was his work, The Moon, which included his map.
The crater Wilkins on the Moon is named after him.
For many years Wilkins took the astronomy evening class at Crayford Manor
House where they continue to use a copy of his 300-inch map regularly in the
observatory.
Wilkins died on 23 January 1960, having only retired on 31 December 1959.

Bibliography
H.P. Wilkins, "300-inch Moon map", 1951.
H.P. Wilkins, "The True Book About the Stars", 1953, London, Muller.
H.P. Wilkins, "Our Moon", 1954, London, Muller.
H.P. Wilkins and P. Moore, "The Moon; A Complete Description of the
Surface of the Moon", 1955, London, Faber and Faber.
H.P. Wilkins, "Mysteries of Space and Time", 1955, London, Muller.
H.P. Wilkins, "Clouds, Rings and Crocodiles: By Spaceship Round the
Planets," 1955.
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H.P. Wilkins and P. Moore, "Making and using a telescope; the home
assembly and applications of astronomical equipment", 1956, London,
Eyre & Spottiswoode.
H.P. Wilkins, "Guide to the Heavens", 1956, London, F. Muller.
H.P. Wilkins, "Instructions to Young Astronomers", 1957, London, Museum
Press.
H.P. Wilkins, "The True Book About the Moon", 1960, London, F. Muller.
He also wrote several articles for Popular Astronomy.

References
E.A. Whitaker, "Mapping and Naming the Moon", 1999.
Crayford Manor House Astronomical Society
(http://www.cmhas.wikispaces.com)
M.E.Coombes (Daughter) letter to Kentish Times 6 August 2009
Llanelli Community Heritage (http://www.llanellich.org.uk/Files/20-hughpercy-wilkins.html)
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