Sir Howard Grubb FRS (1844-1931) was a designer
and maker of telescopes from Dublin, Ireland.
Life and work
He was one of eight children of Thomas
founder of the Grubb Telescope
so Howard developed an early interest in optics
. After training to be a civil engineer
, Howard joined his father's
firm in 1864 and gained the reputation of a first class producer of
telescopes. In 1871 he married Mary Walker with whom he had six
Grubb was elected Fellow of the Royal
in 1864 and of the Royal Astronomical Society
1870. In 1887 he was knighted
by Queen Victoria
. Sir Howard was a long
time member of the Royal Dublin Society, serving as Honorary Secretary from 1889 to 1893,
and as Vice President from 1893 to 1922.
In 1912 he was
awarded the medal of the Society, only the third person to receive
During the First World War
factory was in demand for the production of gun sights and during
this time he was credited with perfecting the design of the
The following telescopes were designed and built by Sir Howard -
some of which are still in use today.
- H. F. Berry (1914). A History of the Royal Dublin Society.