Percy Mayow Ryves (1881-1956): Observer, discoverer & BAA Section Director

The astronomical career of Mr Percy Mayow Ryves, a BAA member from 1899 to 1956, and a Walter Goodacre medallist, is described in detail. Ryves contributed to the BAA for most of those 57 years, mainly as a variable star observer, but he also served as the Mars Section Director for 14 years. In addition, he was a popular BAA meetings speaker during the 1940s and 1950s. Yet despite all of this, and his many RAS contributions, no obituary for him was ever written. Ryves’ visual discovery of a comet, from Spain, in 1931 places him in the unusual category of being a BAA comet discoverer in that barren period between the W. F. Denning/Edwin Holmes era and the prolific discovery period of George Alcock.

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