Medal presented to Arthur Beverly by The Royal Scottish Society, 1865; 1907/48/4


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Medal presented to Arthur Beverly by The Royal Scottish Society, 1865

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Watchmaker Arthur Beverly, who arrived in Otago in 1858, was renowned for the application of mathematical skill in the early years of Otago. He helped calculate local mean time. He was consulted by mining engineers and surveyors working on the Otago goldfields. He exhibited at the New Zealand Exhibition in Dunedin in 1865 and won praise for a clock and a planimeter for the measurement of irregular areas on maps and plans. The same year the Royal Scottish Society of Arts awarded Beverly the Makdougall Brisbane Prize for his planimeter.

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