March 31, 2017
Sir William Rowan Hamilton is known as Rowan Hamilton in Trinity College Dublin, of which I am sometime Visiting Academic. He was appointed to the Civil List on April 27th 1844 with a pension of £200 a year (about £22,319 a year today). My Civil List Pension is £2,400 a year, so it has been eroded a lot in value since 1844. It is now an honorarium rather than a salary to live on. The Civil List Pension is akin to Order of Merit.”
The monetary value of the Civil List Pension has been eroded by inflation. Respect for the Civil List Pension, which is certainly not ‘akin’ to the OM, has been eroded by the fact that you receive one. It would be an insult to the memory of Hamilton, and of other great British scientists, if you are allowed to remain on the list of recipients.