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Biographical entry Rimmer, William Bolton (1882 - 1943)

9 November 1882
Fazakerley, Lancashire, England
2 July 1943
Mount Stromlo, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


William Rimmer was one of the four first astronomers at the Commonwealth Solar Observatory, Mount Stromlo, Canberra, when it was established in 1924. From 1929-1939 he was Acting Officer-in-charge of CSO, taking over after Duffield's sudden death in 1929.


Born 9 November 1882. Died ca 1943. Spectroscopic research, Imperial College of Science, London 1919-21, Research Assistant, Norman Lockyer Observatory, Devon 1921-24, astronomer, Commonwealth Solar Observatory, Mount Stromlo, Canberra 1924-29, Acting Officer-in-charge 1929-39.

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Mount Stromlo Observatory, 1936 - 1956, MS 037; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Gascoigne, S. C. B., 'Rimmer, William Bolton (1882-1945), Astronomer and Public Servant' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, John Ritchie and Diane Langmore, eds, vol. 16 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2002), pp. 94-95. Details

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: William Bolton Rimmer', Australian Journal of Science, 8 (2-3) (1945), 71-72. Details


See also

  • Bhathal, Ragbir, 'How Mount Stromlo Observatory shed its imperial beginnings', A&G: News and Reviews in Astronomy & Geophysics, 55 (6) (2014), 6.33-6.35. Details

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