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About the study
History of the name
EDWARD W MAUNDER was born in London in1851. He attended King's College London but never graduated. He took a job in a London bank to finance his studies. In 1873 he started at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, taking a position as a spectroscopic assistant. He met Annie Scott Dill Russell (1868-1947) in 1890, a mathematician with whom he collaborated for the remainder of his life. In 1895 Annie became his second wife. In 1916 Annie Maunder became one of the first women accepted by the Royal Astronomical Society. Edward Maunder was also an esteemed biblical scholar. Part of Edward's job at the Observatory involved photographing and measuring sunspots, and in doing so he observed that the solar latitudes at which sunspots occur varies in a regular way over the course of the 11 year cycle. These studies led him in 1893 to announce the period that now bears his name - the 'Maunder Minimum'.
JOHN HENRY MAUNDER: was born in Chelsea, London and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He was organist at St Matthews, Sydenham 1876-7, and St Pauls, Forest Hill 1878-9, neither of which now exists, as well as churches in Blackheath and Sutton, and accompanied concerts in the Albert Hall. He was conductor of the Civil Service Vocal Union from 1881, and also trained the choir for Henry Irving's original production of Faust at the Lyceum Theatre in 1887.
LLOYD HENRY MAUNDER: Started as a butcher in Devon c. 1898. Eventually Lloyd Maunder became a chain of smallgoods stores throughout Devon and Cornwall England. The family-owned business was sold recently (2009).
STUART MAUNDER: Until 2008, the musical director for Opera Australia.