Sir Brendan Parsons
Sir Brendan Parsons, 7th Earl of Rosse, Birr Castle, Birr, County Offaly, Ireland.
Brendan's Bio:Irish, born in 1936. Educated in Switzerland and France as well as England (MA Oxon.) After service with the Irish Guards, spent 18 Years with the United Nations Development Programme, starting as a volunteer in West Africa, and rising to principal officer successively responsible for co-ordinating disaster relief in Bangladesh, running the programmes of both UNESCO and United Nations Volunteers in Iran, and of UNDP itself in Algeria. On inheriting the family estate at Birr in 1980, appointed to the Gove... Read Full Bio
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Meet Sir Brendan parsons, the 7th Earl of Rosse and reach back into Irish and Astronomical history at Birr Castle in County Offally, the birth place of the 3rd Earl of Rosse who in the 1840's invented a telescope with a 6 foot in diameter mirror handmade and invented from a unique copper, tin and zinc alloy by the 3rd Earl, which could see further and more clearly into space than any previous. Birr Castle is the site of a science museum dedicated to the inventions and studies performed by the 3rd and 4th Earl of Birr. The 4th Earl of Rosse is noted for having studied the Lunar landscape and carrying out heat reflection studies which proved to within 6% accuracy of actual recorded temperatures when Apollo 11 landed on the moon 100 years later.