Edward Troughton(1753-1835), Scientific instrument maker
Sitter in 4 portraits
Instrument maker noted for making telescopes and other astronomical instruments. Started in 1773 as an apprentice with his brother, John, in his uncle John Troughton's scientific instrument firm. Around 1788 the brothers entered into partnership, making large astronomical apparatus. They were judged by many to be London's finest instrument makers. Troughton improved the designs of the common instruments required by surveyors and navigators, and his barometers, sextants, levels, and surveying circles sold in considerable numbers for many years. He was awarded the Copley Medal of the Royal Society in 1809 and was a founder member of the Astronomical Society, serving on its council and as Vice President.