Arthur Crichton Mitchell
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Arthur Crichton Mitchell

Dr Arthur Crichton Mitchell FRSE (1864-1952) was a Scottish physicist and meteorologist.


He was born in Leith on 1 July 1864.

He studied at the University of Edinburgh and graduated with a BSc. In 1888 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were Peter Guthrie Tait, Alexander Crum Brown, George Chrystal, and Sir Thomas Clark. He was elected a Fellow of the Scottish Meteorological Society in 1891.[1]

In the late 19th century he went to India and joined the staff of the Travancore Education Service later becoming Director of Public Instruction there.

He returned to Scotland in the early 1910s and became Superintendent of Eskdalemuir Observatory in 1916. He made important studies into magnetic studies there in 1927.[2]

From 1916 to 1926 he was Curator for the Royal Society of Edinburgh and from 1926 to 1929 served as the Society's Vice President under Sir Alfred Ewing as President. He received the Society's Keith Prize for the period 1931-33. He received honorary doctorates from both the University of Edinburgh and Geneva.[1]

In the 1920s he served on the Committee for the Air Council.[3]

He died in Edinburgh on 15 April 1952.


His sister married the mathematician John Watt Butters.


  1. ^ a b Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783-2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
  2. ^ Aeronomy, International Association of Geomagnetism and (1931). IAGA Bulletin. Hørsholm Bogtrykkeri.
  3. ^ Office, Great Britain Meteorological (1925). Annual Report of the Meteorological Committee to the Air Council. H.M. Stationery Office.

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