Institute of Astronomy

Mr Mark Hurn


Office: Obs OLO
Office Tel: (01223) 337537
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The Library of the Institute of Astronomy/Cambridge Observatory.  Providing books, journals and other resources to support research in astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology.  Particular responsibility for subscriptions to electronic jounals.

History of Astronomy, in particular the history of the Cambridge Observatory, the Institute of Astronomy, associated organizations, the people who worked, lived, were born, died on this site.  Notable astronomers associated with our site, such as George Biddell Airy, James Challis, John Couch Adams, Robert Ball, Arthur Stanley Eddington, Fred Hoyle etc.  Also the observatories, telescopes, clocks, instruments, buildings on the site.

Support for public outreach through participation in public observing nights (Wednesdays) October to March.

Works Monday-Friday 08.42-17.00hrs. During Covid-19 crisis Library Office Thursdays only 12.30-16.30hrs


Selected papers

Hurn, M.  'A studious, and learned Professor of Astronomy and experimental philosophy': the Plumian professors at Cambridge from 1707 to the present day' chapter 10 in 'Dr Thomas Plume, 1630-1704: His life and legacies in Essex, Kent and Cambridge' edited by R.A. Doe and C.C. Thornton, University of Hertfordshire Press, 2020 ISBN:9781912260164

Hurn, M. Anne "Sheepshanks: patron, benefactor, sister" Astronomy & Geophysics, Volume 57, Issue 3, p.3.11-3.11 (2016)

Hurn, M. "An English astronomical library: the case of the Cambridge Observatory" The Observatory, Vol. 124, No. 1178, pp. 37-46 (2004)


Assistant Librarian.  Humberside College of Higher Education 1988-1989

Technical Librarian.  British Standards Institution 1989-2001

Departmental Librarian.  Institute of Astronomy 2001-2020

Information Manager.  Institute of Astronomy 2020-


B.A. (Hons.) Philosophy & Literature. University of Essex

M.A. Information Studies. University of North London

Member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (MCLIP)


Awards and Prizes

Honorary Member of Milton Keynes Astronomical Society (2001)

Gordon Carter Memorial Lecture (2015)

Donald E. Osterbrock Book Prize (2017) (shared)

Awarded badge for Open University, Leadership and Followership course (2019)

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