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The observatory was discontinued in 1855.
In 1851 he visited the Bonn Observatory, and studied astronomy under Argelander.
In 1843 he became doctor of philosophy at Munich Observatory, where he was made professor in 1859.
He remodelled the volumes of observations, put the library on a proper footing, mounted the new (Sheepshanks) equatorial and organized a new magnetic observatory.
He was also a curator of the Bodleian Library, an honorary fellow of Queen's College, a governor of Winchester College and a visitor of Greenwich Observatory.