Gresham College facts for kids
The College gives over 140 free public lectures every year. Since 2001, all lectures have also been made available online.
The college played an important role in the Enlightenment and in the formation of the Royal Society. Early distinguished Gresham College professors included Christopher Wren, who lectured on astronomy in the 17th century, and Robert Hooke, who was Professor of Geometry from 1665 until 1704.
The professors received £50 a year. The terms of their position were very precise, for example: :The geometrician is to read as followeth, every Trinity term arithmetique, in Michaelmas and Hilary terms theoretical geometry, in Easter term practical geometry. The astronomy reader is to read in his solemn lectures, first the principles of the sphere, and the theory of the planets, and the use of the astrolabe and the staff, and other common instruments for the capacity of mariners.
Today three further Professorships have been added to take account of areas not otherwise covered by the original Professorships:
- Commerce, established in 1985.
- Environment, established in 2014.
- Information technology, established in 2015.
The professors currently hold their positions for three years, extendable for a fourth year. They give six lectures a year. There are also visiting professors appointed to give series of lectures at the College. There are a number of single-lecture speakers.
The lectures are often given in the Museum of London, which has a bigger lecture room than the College.
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