Herbert Hall Turner: The Twenty-Second Bruce Medalist

In 1884 recent graduate H.H. Turner was continuing his studies in mathematics as a Fellow of Trinity College at Cambridge University. One of his examiners was Astronomer Royal William H.M. Christie, who had recently taken over the Royal Observatory at Greenwich and was anxious to modernize that staid institution. Christie offered the 23-year-old mathematician a job as his Chief Assistant, so Turner became an astronomer.