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Astronomer
Astronomer - Notable Historical Events

CopernicusNov 5, 1500

Johannes KeplerJul 19, 1595

GalileoJan 1, 1610

Anders CelsiusDec 3, 1736

Edwin HubbleDec 30, 1924

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Astronomer - Historical Events
Date Event
1500-11-05

-6th Nov astronomer Copernicus observes a lunar eclipse in Rome

1595-07-19

Astronomer Johannes Kepler has an epiphany and develops his theory of the geometrical basis of the universe

1610-01-01

German astronomer Simon Marius first discovers the Jupiter moons, but does not officially report it, Galileo does on July 1 1610

1612-12-15

German Astronomer Simon Marius is 1st to observe Andromeda galaxy through a telescope

1633-02-13

Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before Inquisition for professing belief that earth revolves around the Sun

1675-03-04

John Flamsteed appointed 1st Astronomer Royal of England

1682-09-04

English astronomer Edmund Halley observes the comet named after him

1690-12-23

English astronomer John Flamsteed observes Uranus without realizing it's undiscovered

1720-02-10

Edmund Halley appointed 2nd Astronomer Royal of England

1736-12-03

Astronomer Anders Celsius takes measurements that confirm Newton's theory that the earth was an ellipsoid rather than the previously accepted sphere

1741-12-25

Astronomer Anders Celsius introduces Centigrade temperature scale

1744-12-31

English astronomer James Bradley announces discovery of Earth's nutation motion (wobble)

1747-02-14

Astronomer James Bradley presents his discovery of the wobbling motion of the Earth on its axis to the Royal Society, London

1758-09-12

French astronomer Charles Messier mistakenly identifies the Crab Nebula so begins his Messier Catalogue

1801-07-11

French astronomer Jean-Louis Pons discovers his 1st comet

1804-09-01

Juno, one of the largest main belt asteroids, was discovered by German astronomer Karl Ludwig Harding.

1835-08-11

George B Airy begins 46-year reign as England's Astronomer Royal

1847-07-20

German astronomer Theodor discovers Comet Brorsen-Metcalf

1862-01-31

Astronomer Alvan Graham Clark makes first observation of Sirius B (first known white dwarf star) in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts while testing his new telescope

1868-08-18

French Astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium in solar spectrum during eclipse

1924-12-30

Astronomer Edwin Hubble formally announces existence of other galactic systems at meeting of the American Astronomical Society

1930-02-18

US astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto

1937-03-19

Astronomer Fritz Zwicky publishes his research on stellar explosion in which he coins the term "supernova" and hypothesizes that they were the origin of cosmic rays

1946-11-15

House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) interrogates astronomer Harlow Shapley

1976-04-01

Jovian-Plutonian gravitational effect is first reported by the astronomer Patrick Moore.

1994-04-21

The first discoveries of extrasolar planets are announced by astronomer Alexander Wolszczan.

2010-05-22

Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus' remains are reburied in Frombork Cathedral, Poland after a 200 year search for his tomb.,

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Astronomer - Notable Birthdays

Nicolaus CopernicusFeb 19, 1473

Tycho BraheDec 14, 1546

Galileo GalileiFeb 15, 1564

Johannes KeplerDec 27, 1571

Christopher WrenOct 20, 1632

Jan VermeerOct 31, 1632

Isaac NewtonDec 25, 1642

Anders CelsiusNov 27, 1701

Jean Baptiste Joseph DelambreSep 19, 1749

Lowell, US astronomerMar 13, 1855

Edwin HubbleNov 20, 1889

Astronomer - Birthdays
Date Event
903-12-07

Abd Al-Rahman Al Sufi, Persian astronomer (d. 986)

1423-05-30

Georg Purbach, German mathematician and astronomer (d. 1461)

1452-12-10

Johannes Stöffler, German mathematician and astronomer (d. 1531)

1473-02-19

Nicolaus Copernicus, Toruń Royal Prussia, Polish mathematician and astronomer (d. 1543)

1477-01-16

Johannes Schöner, German astronomer and cartographer (d. 1547)

1508-12-08

Gemma Frisius, [Jemme Reinersz], Frisian geographer/astronomer

1525-12-01

Tadeáš Hájek, Czech physician and astronomer (d. 1600)

1529-04-03

Michael Neander, German mathematician and astronomer (d. 1581)

1546-12-14

Tycho Brahe, Knudstrup Denmark, astronomer (Golden nose), (d. 1601)

1561-08-25

Philippe van Lansberge, Dutch astronomer (d. 1632)

1562-10-04

Christian Sørensen Longomontanus, Danish astronomer (d. 1647)

1564-02-15

Galileo Galilei, Pisa Italy, astronomer/physicist

1564-03-09

David Fabricius, Essens Germany, astronomer (discoved variable star)

1565-11-10

Laurentius Paulinus Gothus, Swedish theologian and astronomer (d. 1646)

1571-12-27

Johannes Kepler, Weil der Stadt, Germany, astronomer (planetary Motion), (d. 1630)

1573-01-10

Simon Marius, German astronomer (d. 1624)

1575-07-25

Christoph Scheiner, Germany, astronomer

1577-06-12

Paul Guldin, Swiss astronomer and mathematician (d. 1643)

1580-06-06

Godefroy Wendelin, Flemish astronomer (d. 1667)

1580-12-01

Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, French astronomer (d. 1637)

1585-11-01

Jan Brożek, Polish mathematician, physician, and astronomer (d. 1652)

1586-12-06

Niccolò Zucchi, Italian astronomer (d. 1670)

1587-01-08

Johannes Fabricius, Denmark, astronomer (discovered sunspots)

1592-05-01

Johann A Schall von Bell, German missionaries/astronomer

1598-04-17

Giovanni Riccioli, Italian astronomer (d. 1671)

1605-09-28

Ismaël Bullialdus, French astronomer (d. 1694)

1608-01-28

Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Naples, mathematician/astronomer

1611-01-28

Johannes Hevelius, Danzig, astronomer (star cataloger)

1620-07-21

Jean Picard, French astronomer

1622-01-28

Adrien Auzout, French astronomer (d. 1691)

1623-08-23

Stanisław Lubieniecki, Polish astronomer (d. 1675)

1629-04-14

Christian Huygens, Holland, astronomer (discovered Saturn's rings)

1632-10-20

Christopher Wren, East Knoyle, Wiltshire, England, astronomer/great architect (St. Paul's Cathedral), (d. 1723)

1632-10-31

Jan Vermeer, Holland, painter (Procuress, Astronomer), (d. 1675)

1633-06-01

Geminiano Montanari, Italian astronomer (d. 1687)

1640-03-18

Philippe de la Hire, French mathematician and astronomer (d. 1719)

1642-12-25

Isaac Newton, Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, England, physicist, mathematician; astronomer (Gravity, Laws of Motion), (d.1727)

1644-09-25

Ole Rømer, Danish astronomer (d. 1710)

1646-08-19

John Flamsteed, Denby Derbyshire, English astronomer and first Astronomer Royal

1655-09-19

Jan Luyts, Netherlands, scholar/physicist/mathematician/astronomer

1656-10-29

Edmund Halley, astronomer (Halley's Comet) [NS=Nov 8]

1656-11-08

Edmund Halley, English astronomer (comet of Halley) [OS=Oct 29]

1659-06-03

David Gregory, Scottish astronomer (d. 1708)

1665-08-21

Giacomo F. Maraldi, French-Italian astronomer (d. 1729)

1671-07-14

Jacques D'Allonville, French astronomer and mathematician (d. 1732)

1677-02-18

Jacques Cassini, French astronomer (rings of Saturn)

1679-05-14

Peder [Nielsen] Horrebow, Danish astronomer

1688-04-04

Joseph-Nicolas Delisle, French astronomer (d. 1768)

1695-11-10

John Bevis, English physician and astronomer (d. 1771)

1698-09-28

Pierre-Louis Moreau de Maupertuis, France, mathematician/astronomer

1700-11-28

Nathaniel Bliss, Astronomer Royal (d. 1764)

1701-11-27

Anders Celsius, Uppsala, Sweden, astronomer (proposed the Celsius temperature scale)

1703-11-25

Jean-François Séguier, French astronomer and botanist (d. 1784)

1704-02-28

Louis Godin, French astronomer (d. 1760)

1710-04-25

James Ferguson, astronomer

1711-05-18

Ruggiero G Boscovich, [Rudzer J Boskovic], Italian astronomer

1711-08-05

Johan Lulofs, Dutch physicist/philosopher/astronomer

1712-08-24

Cornelis Douwes, Dutch mathematician/astronomer

1712-11-24

Willem Bachiene, theologist/geographer/astronomer (Ecclesiastical)

1713-03-15

Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, astronomer who mapped the So Hemisphere

1714-06-17

Cesar F Cassini, de Thury, French astronomer (geodesic labor)

1714-12-19

John Winthrop, American astronomer (d. 1779)

1715-11-23

Pierre Charles Le Monnier, French astronomer (d. 1799)

1717-09-22

Pehr Wilhelm Wargentin, Swedish astronomer (d. 1783)

1719-08-20

Christian Mayer, Czech astronomer (d. 1783)

1720-05-15

Maximilian Hell, Slovakian astronomer (d. 1792)

1725-09-12

Guillaume Le Gentil, French astronomer (d. 1792)

1730-06-26

Charles Joseph Messier, astronomer (cataloguer of "M objects")

1732-04-08

David Rittenhouse, American astronomer, inventor, and mathematician (d. 1796)

1733-07-27

Jeremiah Dixon, English surveyor and astronomer (d. 1779)

1736-01-25

Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Turin, Italy, mathematician and astronomer

1738-11-15

F William Herschel, German/English astronomer (discovered Uranus)

1748-06-30

Jacques D "comte" Cassini, French astronomer

1749-03-23

Pierre-Simon Laplace, mathematician/astronomer/physicist

1749-09-19

Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre, French mathematician and astronomer (The History of Astronomy), (d. 1822)

1750-03-15

Caroline Herschel, astronomer/discoverer

1750-03-16

Caroline Lucretia Herchel, Hanover, Germany, 1st mod woman astronomer

1754-06-04

Franz Xaver, Baron Von Zach, Austrian editor and astronomer (d. 1832)

1755-01-07

Stephen Groombridge, Goudhurst Kent, English Astronomer (Catalogue of Circumpolar Stars)

1761-12-24

Jean-Louis Pons, French astronomer (d. 1831)

1764-09-17

John Goodricke, English astronomer/member Royal Society

1773-03-26

Nathaniel Bowditch, mathematician/astronomer/author (Marine Sextant)

1774-04-21

Jean-Baptiste Biot, French physicist/astronomer (balloonist)

1774-04-28

Francis Baily, English Astronomer and describer of "Baily's Beads" during solar eclipse

1784-07-22

Friedrich W Bessel, German astronomer (star parallax, Bessel Function)

1786-02-28

D Francois J Arago, French astronomer/physicist/politician

1786-03-25

Giovanni B Amia, Italian astronomer/physicist/botanist

1789-09-09

William Cranch Bond, US, astronomer (codiscovered Hyperion)

1791-09-23

Johann F Encke, German astronomer (Encke Comet)

1792-03-07

John Herschel, Slough England, William Herschel's son, astronomer

1792-04-23

John Thomas Romney Robinson, Irish astronomer and physicist (d. 1882)

1794-03-05

Jacques Babinet, French physicist/mathematician/astronomer

1794-05-29

Johann Heinrich von Mädler, German astronomer (d. 1874)

1795-12-08

Peter Andreas Hansen, Danish astronomer (d. 1874)

1796-02-22

Adolphe Quetelet, Belgium, mathematician/astronomer/statistician

1796-02-29

[Lambert] Adolphe J Quetelet, Belgian astronomer/meteorology

1797-01-04

Wilhelm Beer, Germany, amateur astronomer (constructed 1st Moon map)

1801-07-27

George Biddle Airy, 7th Astronomer Royal

1804-01-13

John Pringle Nichol, Scottish Astronomer and educator

1804-03-08

Alvan Clark, Ashfield Massachusetts, American Astronomer and maker of the Dearborn Observatory telescope, Old University of Chicago, the largest telescope in the world at the time

1808-06-10

Friedrich Kaiser, Dutch astronomer (Kaiser compass-card)

1809-04-04

Benjamin Pierce, US mathematician/astronomer

1809-07-28

Ormsby McKnight Mitchel, astronomer/Major General (Union volunteers)

1812-06-09

Johann G Galle, German astronomer (discovered Neptune)

1818-08-01

Maria Mitchell, 1st US woman astronomer on Nantucket Island

1819-01-03

Charles Piazzi Smyth, Astronomer Royal for Scotland (d. 1900)

1819-06-05

John Couch Adams, English astronomer (co-discover Neptune)

1823-06-21

Jean Chacornac, French astronomer (d. 1873)

1824-02-22

Pierre Janssen, French astronomer (d. 1907)

1827-12-16

John A C Oudemans, Dutch geographer/astronomer

1832-07-10

Alvan Graham Clark, American telescope maker and astronomer (d. 1897)

1834-08-22

Samuel Pierpont Langley, American astronomer (d. 1906)

1835-03-04

Giovanni Schiaparelli, Italy, astronomer (discovered canals of Mars)

1835-03-12

Simon Newcomb, US, scientist/mathematician/astronomer

1835-03-14

Giovanni V Schiaparelli, Italian astronomer (Mars) [or March 4]

1838-03-03

George William Hill, US astronomer (calculated Moon's orbit)

1838-12-12

Sherburne W Burnham, US, astronomer (binary stars)

1840-07-01

Robert S Ball, Irish mathematician/astronomer

1845-01-13

Félix Tisserand, French Astronomer (d. 1896)

1846-04-28

Johann E Backlund, Swedish astronomer (planets/asteroids)

1846-06-19

Antonio Abetti, Italian astronomer (d. 1928)

1847-08-23

Sarah Frances Whiting, American physicist and astronomer (d. 1927)

1848-02-14

Benjamin Baillaud, French astronomer (d. 1934)

1850-04-13

Arthur Matthew Weld Downing, British astronomer (d. 1917)

1851-01-19

Johannes C Kapteyn, Dutch astronomer

1851-04-06

Guillaume Bigourdan, French astronomer (d. 1932)

1852-02-13

Johan L E Dreyer, Danish astronomer (New gen catalogue of nebulae)

1854-04-29

Henri Poincaré, France, mathematician/astronomer/philosopher

1855-03-13

Percival "Percy" Lowell, US astronomer (predicted discovery of Pluto)

1857-05-15

Williamina Fleming, Scottish-born astronomer (d. 1911)

1857-09-10

James E Keeler, US, astronomer (rings of Saturn)

1857-12-16

Edward Emerson Barnard, Tenn, astronomer (Jupiter's 5th satellite)

1858-02-15

William Pickering, Boston, astronomer (9th & 10th moons of Saturn)

1861-11-10

Robert T A Innes, Edinburgh Scotland, astronomer (Proxima Centauri)

1862-04-11

William W Campbell, US astronomer/director Lick Observatory

1863-06-21

Max Wolf, German astronomer (d. 1932)

1864-05-29

A H Borgesius, Dutch amateur astronomer

1864-12-31

Robert G Aitken, US astronomer (Binary Stars)

1865-01-05

Julio Garavito Armero, Colombian astronomer (d. 1920)

1865-11-17

John S Plaskett, Canadian astronomer (Plaskett's twins)

1866-03-21

Antonia Caetana de Paiva Pereira Maury, astronomer

1867-07-28

Charles Dillon Perrine, American-born astronomer (d. 1951)

1868-06-29

George Ellery Hale, American astronomer (d. 1938)

1868-07-04

Henrietta Swan Leavitt, American astronomer (d. 1921)

1871-01-12

Paul Guthnick, German astronomer

1871-05-11

Frank Schlesinger, American astronomer (d. 1943)

1872-05-31

Charles G Abbot, US, astronomer (Constant Sun)

1873-01-02

Anton Pannekoek, Dutch astronomer/marxist theorist (Communist Tactics)

1873-10-08

Ejnar Hertzsprung, Denmark, astronomer (Hertzsprung-Russell diagram)

1873-10-09

Karl Schwarzschild, German astronomer (Schwarzschild effect)

1875-11-11

Vesto Slipher, Mulberry Indiana, American Astronomer who provided the first evidence to support the expanding-universe theory

1876-12-20

Walter S Adams, US astronomer/director of Mount Wilson (1923-46)

1877-09-11

James Jeans, England, physicist/mathematician/astronomer

1877-10-25

Henry Norris Russell, astronomer (Hertzsprung-Russell diagram)

1879-05-28

Milutin Milankovic, Yugoslavian astronomer/meteorologist

1879-06-07

Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer (d. 1963)

1880-07-21

Milan Rastislav Štefánik, Slovak politician, French general and astronomer (d. 1919)

1882-10-05

Giorgio Abetti, Italian astronomer (Solar physics)

1884-01-28

Lucien H d'Azambuja, France, astronomer (chromosome of sun)

1884-03-31

Adriaan van Maanen, Dutch-American astronomer (d. 1946)

1885-05-29

Erwin F Finlay-Freundlich, British astronomer (theory of relativity)

1885-11-02

Harlow Shapley, US, astronomer (studied the galaxies)

1888-04-26

Aleksandr Mikhailov, USSR, astronomer

1888-06-16

Peter Stoner, American mathematician and astronomer (d. 1980)

1889-06-20

John S. Paraskevopoulos, Greek-South African astronomer (d. 1951)

1889-11-20

Edwin Hubble, astronomer (discoverer of galaxies, red shift)

1890-03-29

Harold Spencer Jones, London, English Astronomer and 10th astronomer royal of England whose work led to a more accurate determination of the distance between the Earth and the Sun

1890-04-06

Andre L Danjon, French astronomer

1891-04-22

Harold Jeffreys, English astronomer (d. 1989)

1891-11-12

Seth Barnes Nicholson, Springfield Illinois, American astronomer who discovered four satellites of Jupiter

1893-02-12

Marcel G J Minnaert, Dutch astronomer

1893-05-24

W H Walter Baade, German/US astronomer (Andromeda)

1893-08-15

Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and computing pioneer (d. 1950)

1893-10-23

Ernest Julius Öpik, Kunda, Estonian Astronomer and Astrophysicist known for his studies of meteors and the structure and evolution of the cosmos

1895-11-26

Bertil Lindblad, Swedish astronomer (Milky Way system)

1897-02-27

Bernard F Lyot, French astronomer (Lyot filter)

1897-11-22

Paul Oswald Ahnert, German astronomer (d. 1989)

1898-02-14

Fritz Zwicky, Swiss astronomer (supernova, dark matter)

1898-12-21

Ira S Bowen, US physicist/astronomer (Mt Wilson/Palomar)

1900-04-28

Jan Hendrik Oort, Dutch astronomer (hypothesized "Oort Cloud")

1900-05-05

Mervyn A Ellison, British astronomer (spectrohelioscope)

1903-12-28

John von Neumann, mathematician/astronomer (Bocher Award 1938)

1904-06-26

Frank Scott Hogg, Canadian astronomer (d. 1951)

1904-12-28

Clabon W Allen, Australian/British astronomer

1905-12-07

Gerard Kuiper, Dutch/US astronomer (moons of Uranus, Neptune)

1906-02-04

Clyde William Tombaugh, US, astronomer (discovered Pluto)

1906-03-20

Pavel P Parenago, Russian astronomer

1906-04-28

Bartholomeus J "Bart" Bok, Dutch/US astronomer (Milky Way)

1906-06-17

Thomas G Cowling, British mathematician/astronomer

1906-11-05

Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (d. 2004)

1907-03-12

Dorrit Hoffleit, American astronomer (d. 2007)

1908-09-18

Viktor A Ambartsoemjan, Russian astronomer (Stalin Prize 1946, 50)

1909-07-20

Jean Focas, Greco-French astronomer (d. 1969)

1911-12-22

Grote Reber, US, astronomer (1st parabolic radio telescope)

1912-03-06

Madge Adam, astronomer

1912-05-31

Martin Schwarzschild, US astronomer (evolution)

1912-08-11

Eva Ahnert-Rohlfs, German astronomer (d. 1954)

1913-08-31

Sir Bernard Lovell, Bristol England, radio astronomer, founded Jodrell Bank Observatory, (d. 2012)

1918-04-25

Gerard Henri de Vaucouleurs, French astronomer (d. 1995)

1918-09-27

Martin Ryle, Britain, radio astronomer/astronomer royal (1972-82)

1918-11-19

Hendrik Christoffel Van de Hulst, Utrecht the Netherlands, Dutch astronomer who correctly predicted the existence of the 21 cm hyper-fine line of neutral atomic hydrogen in interstellar space

1921-04-29

Cornelis de Jager, Dutch astronomer (Sun)

1923-03-04

Patrick Moore, England, astronomer/writer (A-Z of Astronomy), (d. 2012)

1923-04-25

Francis Graham-Smith, British astronomer

1923-08-18

John Mason, Sir Patrick Moore: Astronomer, Broadcaster, Eccentric

1924-05-11

Antony Hewish, radio astronomer

1924-11-12

Audouin Dollfus, Paris, French Astronomer (discovered Janus, a moon of Saturn)

1925-06-07

Camille Flammarion, French astronomer/writer (Thunder & Lightning)

1928-04-20

Gerald S. Hawkins, English astronomer (d. 2003)

1929-10-07

Harold Zirin, Boston, Massachusetts, astronomer, (d. 2012)

1929-12-28

Maarten Schmidt, Neth/US astronomer (quasars)

1934-11-09

Carl Sagan, Bkln, astronomer/author/professor (Cosmos, Broca's Brain)

1935-04-05

Donald Lynden-Bell, British astronomer

1936-01-10

Robert Woodrow Wilson, American physicist and radio astronomer, Nobel laureate

1939-01-20

Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe, Indian astronomer

1941-05-18

M S Longair, astronomer

1942-06-23

Martin Rees, Sir Patrick Moore: Astronomer, Broadcaster, Eccentric

1943-07-15

Jocelyn Burnell, astronomer

1948-02-20

A C Fabian, astronomer

1948-04-02

Eleanor Margaret Burbridge, astronomer/educator

1958-03-07

Alan Hale, American astronomer

1960-10-28

Landon Curt Noll, Astronomer, Cryptographer and Mathematician: youngest to hold the world record for the largest known prime 3 times

1973-07-26

Lenka Šarounová, Czech astronomer

Astronomer - Notable Weddings

Edwin HubbleFeb 26, 1924

Astronomer - Weddings
Date Event
1924-02-26

Astronomer Edwin Hubble (34) weds Grace Burke in Pasadena, California

Astronomer - Notable Deaths

CopernicusMay 24, 1543

Tycho BraheOct 24, 1601

Johannes KeplerNov 15, 1630

Galileo GalileiJan 8, 1642

Christopher WrenFeb 25, 1723

Isaac NewtonMar 31, 1727

Anders CelsiusApr 25, 1744

Benjamin BannekerOct 9, 1806

Jean Baptiste Joseph DelambreAug 19, 1822

Percival LowellNov 12, 1916

Annie Jump CannonApr 13, 1941

Edwin HubbleSep 28, 1953

Astronomer - Deaths
Date Event
30-04-07

Jesus Christ, crucified, according to astronomer Schaefer, dies

33-04-03

Christ, crucified (according to astronomer Humphreys & Waddington)

883-03-08

Albumasar, [Ahmad Aboe M Gafar al-Balkhi], Arabic astronomer, dies

901-02-18

Thabit ibn Qurra, Arab astronomer and mathematician (b. 826)

1123-12-04

Omar Khayyám, Persian poet, astronomer, mathematician, and philosopher (b. 1048)

1429-06-22

Ghiyath al-Kashi, Persian astronomer and mathematician (b. 1380)

1449-10-27

Ulugh Beg, a USSR astronomer, dies at 56

1461-04-08

Georg Purbach, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1423)

1476-07-06

Regiomontanus, [Johannes Muller of Königsberg], German astronomer (b. 1436)

1531-02-16

Johannes Stöffler, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1452)

1542-12-28

Albert Pigge, [Pighius], Dutch theologist/astronomer, dies at about 52

1543-05-24

Nicolas Copernicus, astronomer, dies in Poland aged 70

1547-01-16

Johannes Schöner, German astronomer and cartographer (b. 1477)

1552-04-21

Peter Apianus, [Bennewitz/Bienewitz], German astronomer, dies at 50

1555-05-25

Gemma Frisius, Frisian geographer/astronomer, dies at 46

1578-08-11

Pedro Nunes, [Nonius], Port mathematician/astronomer (nonius), dies

1581-10-23

Michael Neander, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1529)

1595-08-24

Thomas Digges, English astronomer (Universe Infinite), dies

1596-09-13

Pieter D Keyzer/Keyser, astronomer/navigator (Java)

1601-10-24

Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer, dies in Prague at 54

1617-05-07

David Fabricius, German astronomer, dies at 53

1621-07-02

Thomas Harriot, English astronomer

1624-12-26

Simon Marius, astronomer, dies in Bavaria at 54

1625-03-07

Johann Bayer, German astronomer (b. 1572)

1626-10-30

Willebrord Snellius (also Snell and Snel van Royen), Dutch astronomer/mathematician, dies at about 46

1630-11-15

Johannes Kepler, German astronomer, dies at 58

1631-10-20

Michael Maestlin, German astronomer and mathematician (b. 1550)

1632-12-08

Philippe van Lansberge, Flemish astronomer (b. 1561)

1637-06-24

Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, French astronomer (b. 1580)

1642-01-08

Galileo Galilei, Italian physicist/astronomer, dies at 77 in Italy

1643-11-03

Paul Guldin, Swiss astronomer and mathematician (b. 1577)

1643-11-03

John Bainbridge, English astronomer (b. 1582)

1646-11-29

Laurentius Paulinus Gothus, Swedish theologian and astronomer (b. 1565)

1647-10-08

Christian Sørensen Longomontanus, Danish astronomer (b. 1562)

1650-07-18

Christoph Scheiner, German astronomer, dies at 74

1652-11-21

Jan Brożek, Polish mathematician, physician, and astronomer (b. 1585)

1664-08-24

Maria Cunitz, Silesian astronomer (bc. 1610)

1666-08-15

Johann A Schall von Bell, German missionary/astronomer, dies

1667-10-24

Godefroy Wendelin, Flemish astronomer, dies at 87

1670-05-21

Niccolo Zucchi, Italian astronomer (b. 1586)

1671-06-25

Giovanni Battista Riccioli, Italian astronomer (b. 1598)

1675-05-18

Stanisław Lubieniecki, Polish astronomer (b. 1623)

1682-07-12

Jean Picard, French astronomer (b. 1620)

1687-01-28

Johannes Hevelius, astronomer (star cataloger), dies on 76th birthday

1687-10-13

Geminiano Montanari, Italian astronomer (b. 1633)

1689-01-06

Seth Ward, English mathematician and astronomer (b. 1617)

1691-05-23

Adrien Auzout, French astronomer (b. 1622)

1694-11-25

Ismael Bullialdus, French astronomer (b. 1605)

1695-06-08

Christian Huygens, inventor/astronomer (ring of Saturn), dies at 66

1708-10-10

David Gregory, Scottish astronomer (b. 1659)

1710-09-19

Ole Rømer, Danish astronomer (b. 1644)

1712-09-11

Giovanni D Cassini, French astronomer, dies

1712-09-14

Jean [Giovanni] D Cassini, Italian/French astronomer, dies

1719-12-31

John Flamsteed, 1st Astronomer Royal, dies at 73

1723-02-25

Christopher Wren, England, astronomer/architect, dies at 90

1727-03-31

Isaac Newton, English physicist/astronomer, dies in London at 84

1729-12-01

Giacomo F. Maraldi, French-Italian astronomer (b. 1665)

1736-02-07

Stephen Gray, English astronomer and scientist (b. 1666)

1744-04-25

Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer (proposed the Celsius temperature scale), dies at 42

1748-05-12

Thomas Lowndes, English astronomer (b. 1692)

1756-04-16

Jacques Cassini, Fr astronomer (Discover rings of Saturn), dies at 79

1759-07-27

Pierre-Louis Moreau de Maupertuis, biologist/astronomer, dies at 60

1760-09-11

Louis Godin, French astronomer (b. 1704)

1762-02-20

Tobias Mayer, German astronomer (b. 1723)

1762-03-21

Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, French astronomer (b. 1713)

1762-07-13

James Bradley, 3rd English Astronomer Royal, dies aged 69

1764-03-17

George Parker, English astronomer, dies

1764-04-14

Peder [Nielsen] Horrebow, Danish astronomer, dies at 84

1764-09-02

Nathaniel Bliss, English Astronomer Royal (b. 1700)

1768-11-04

Johan Lulofs, Dutch physicist/philosopher/astronomer, dies at 57

1771-11-06

John Bevis, English physician and astronomer (b. 1695)

1773-07-07

Cornelis Douwes, Dutch mathematician/astronomer, dies at 60

1776-11-17

James Ferguson, British astronomer (b. 1710)

1779-01-22

Jeremiah Dixon, English surveyor and astronomer (b. 1733)

1779-05-03

John Winthrop, American astronomer (b. 1714)

1781-07-29

Johann Kies, German astronomer and mathematician (b. 1713)

1783-04-16

Christian Mayer, Czech astronomer (b. 1719)

1783-08-06

Willem Bachiene, vicar/theologist/geography/astronomer, dies at 70

1783-12-13

Pehr Wilhelm Wargentin, Swedish astronomer (b. 1717)

1784-09-04

Cesar F Cassini "the Thury", French astronomer (geodesic labor), dies

1786-04-20

John Goodricke, English deaf & dumb astronomer, dies at 21

1787-02-12

Ruggiero Boscovich, Ital physicist/astronomer/philosopher, dies at 75

1788-02-21

Johann Georg Palitzsch, German astronomer (b. 1723)

1792-04-14

Maximilian Hell, Slovakian astronomer (b. 1720)

1792-10-22

Guillaume Le Gentil, French astronomer (b. 1725)

1799-05-31

Pierre Lemonnier, French astronomer (b. 1715)

1806-10-09

Benjamin Banneker, astronomer/mathematician, dies at 74

1807-04-04

Joseph Jerome Le Francais de Lalande, French astronomer, dies

1811-02-09

Nevil Maskelyne, 5th Astronomer Royal of England (1765-1811), dies

1813-04-10

Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Italian-born mathematician and astronomer (b. 1736)

1822-04-25

Frederick "William" Herschel, German/British astronomer, dies at 83

1822-08-19

Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre, French mathematician and astronomer, dies at 72

1822-08-25

F William Herschel, German astronomer (discovered Uranus), dies at 85

1831-10-14

Jean-Louis Pons, French astronomer (b. 1761)

1832-03-30

Stephen Groombridge, English Astronomer, dies at 77

1832-09-02

Franz Xaver, Baron Von Zach, Austrian astronomer (b. 1754)

1838-03-16

Nathaniel Bowditch, astronomer/navigation expert, dies at 64

1840-03-02

Heinrich Olbers, German astronomer (comets & asteroids), dies at 81

1844-08-30

Francis Baily, English astronomer/mathematician (Baily's Beads), dies

1846-03-17

Friedrich W Bessel, German astronomer (Bessel Functions), dies at 61

1848-01-09

Caroline Herschel, German-born astronomer (b. 1750)

1850-03-27

Wilhelm Bear, German banker/astronomer (Moon Map), dies at 53

1853-10-02

D Francois J Arago, French astronomer/physicist (chromosome), dies

1859-09-19

John Pringle Nichol, Scottish Astronomer and educator, dies at 55

1862-02-03

Jean-Baptiste Biot, French physicist/astronomer, dies at 87

1862-10-30

Ormsby Mcknight Mitchel, US astronomer/Union-general-major, dies at 53

1863-04-10

Giovanni B Amia, Italian astronomer/physicist/botanist, dies at 77

1865-08-26

Johann F Encke, German astronomer (Comet Encke), dies at 73

1868-09-26

August Ferdinand Möbius, German mathematician and astronomer (b. 1790)

1871-05-12

John F W Herschel, British astronomer (Catalogue of Nebulae), dies

1872-07-28

Friedrich Kaiser, astronomer (Kaiser-Compass), dies

1872-10-21

Jacques Babinet, French physicist/mathematician/astronomer, dies at 78

1873-09-23

Jean Chacornac, French astronomer (b. 1823)

1874-02-17

[Lambert] Adolphe J Quetelet, Belgium astronomer/sociologist, dies at 77

1874-03-28

Peter Andreas Hansen, Danish astronomer (b. 1795)

1880-05-03

Jonathan Homer Lane, American astronomer who mathmatically analyzed the Sun as a gaseous body, dies at 60

1880-10-04

William Lassell, English astronomer (1st moon of Neptune), dies

1880-10-06

Benjamin Pierce, US mathematician/astronomer, dies

1883-05-26

Edward Sabine, Irish astronomer (b. 1788)

1887-08-19

Alvan Clark, American Astronomer and telescope maker, dies at 83

1889-04-19

Warren De La Rue, astronomer/chemist, dies

1889-06-28

Maria Mitchell, 1st US woman astronomer (Vassar), dies at 70

1892-01-02

George B Airy, English astronomer/writer, dies at 90

1896-10-20

Félix Tisserand, French Astronomer, dies at 51

1897-06-09

Alvan Graham Clark, American Astronomer (Sirius B), dies at 64

1900-08-12

James E Keeler, US astronomer (rings of Saturn), dies at 42

1906-02-27

Samuel Pierpont Langley, American astronomer and pioneer aviator, dies at 71

1906-12-14

John A C Oudemans, Dutch geographer/astronomer, dies at 78

1910-03-26

Auguste Charlois, French astronomer (b. 1864)

1910-07-04

Giovanni V Schiaparelli, Italian astronomer (Mars), dies at 75

1910-08-29

Johann O Backlund, Swedish astronomer, dies at 64

1911-05-21

Williamina Fleming, Scottish-born astronomer (b. 1857)

1913-11-25

Robert S Ball, Irish mathematician/astronomer (Ball Screw), dies

1914-04-16

George W Hill, US astronomer (moon orbit), dies at 76

1916-05-11

Karl Schwarzschild, German astronomer (s-effect), dies

1916-11-12

Percival Lowell, American amateur astronomer, founder of Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona (b. 1855)

1919-05-04

Milan Rastislav Štefánik, Slovak politician, French general and astronomer (b. 1880)

1920-03-11

Julio Garavito Armero, Colombian astronomer (b. 1865)

1921-03-11

Sherburne W Burnham, US astronomer (binary stars), dies at 83

1922-06-18

John C Kapteyn, astronomer, dies at 71

1922-06-19

Johannes C Kapteyn, Dutch astronomer, dies at 71

1923-02-06

Edward E Barnard, US astronomer (5th moon Jupiter), dies at 65

1926-09-14

Johan LE Dreyer, Danish astronomer (Catalog of Nebulae), dies at 74

1927-09-12

Sarah Frances Whiting, American physicist and astronomer (b. 1847)

1932-02-28

Guillaume Bigourdan, French astronomer (b. 1851)

1934-07-08

Benjamin Baillaud, French astronomer (b. 1848)

1935-05-25

Sir Frank Watson Dyson, English astronomer (b. 1868)

1936-12-31

William FA Ellison, Irish clergyman/astronomer, dies at 72

1938-01-17

William H Pickering, astronomer (predicted Pluto), dies at 79

1938-02-21

George Ellery Hale, astronomer, dies

1938-06-14

William W Campbell, US astronomer (Stellar Motions), dies at 76

1941-04-13

Annie Jump Cannon, US astronomer (Henry Draper catalogues), dies at 77

1941-05-27

AH Borgesius, tutor/experimentator/amateur astronomer, dies at 76

1941-10-17

John S Plaskett, Canadian astronomer (Plaskett's twins), dies

1944-02-10

Eugène Michel Antoniadi, Greek astronomer, a crater on Mars and the Antoniadi crater on the Moon were named in his honor (b. 1870)

1946-01-26

Adriaan van Maanen, Dutch-American astronomer (b. 1884)

1946-09-16

James Jeans, English physicist/mathematician/astronomer, dies at 69

1947-09-06

Paul Guthnick, German astronomer, dies at 76

1950-12-11

Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer (b. 1893)

1951-03-15

John S. Paraskevopoulos, Greek-born astronomer (b. 1889)

1951-06-21

Charles Dillon Perrine, American astronomer (b. 1867)

1951-10-29

Robert G Aitken, US astronomer (New General Catalogue), dies at 86

1952-04-02

Bernard F Lyot, Fren astronomer (chronograph, Lyot-filter), dies at 55

1953-09-28

Edwin Hubble, American astronomer, first to announce existence of other galaxies, dies at 63

1954-03-09

Eva Ahnert-Rohlfs, German astronomer (b. 1912)

1956-05-11

Walter S Adams, US astronomer/director of Mount Wilson, dies at 79

1957-02-08

John Von Neumann, astronomer, dies at 53

1960-04-03

Anton Pannekoek, Dutch astronomer/marxist theorist, dies at 87

1960-04-28

Anton Pancake, astronomer/marxist theorist, dies at 87

1960-06-25

WH Walter Baade, German/US astronomer (Andromeda), dies at 67

1960-11-03

Harold Spencer Jones, London, English Astronomer and 10th astronomer royal of England whose work led to a more accurate determination of the distance between the Earth and the Sun

1963-04-06

Otto Struve, Russian-born astronomer (b. 1897)

1963-07-02

Seth Barnes Nicholson, American astronomer who discovered four satellites of Jupiter, dies at 71

1963-08-20

Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer (b. 1879)

1963-09-12

Mervyn A Ellison, British astronomer (spectrohelioscope), dies at 63

1964-07-24

Erwin F Finlay-Freundlich, British astronomer, dies

1967-04-21

Andre L Danjon, French astronomer, dies at 77

1969-01-03

Jean Focas, Greco-French astronomer (b. 1909)

1969-11-08

Vesto Slipher, American Astronomer who provided the first evidence to support the expanding-universe theory

1970-07-18

Lucien H d'Azambuja, Fren astronomer (chromosphere of Sun), dies at 86

1972-10-20

Harlow Shapley, astronomer (Sun's position in galaxy), dies at 86

1973-02-06

Ira S Bowen, US physicist/astronomer (Mt Wilson/Palomar), dies at 74

1973-12-17

Charles G Abbot, US astronomer (Sun Constant), dies at 101

1973-12-24

Gerard Kuiper, Dutch/US astronomer after whom the Kuiper belt is named, dies at 68

1974-02-08

Fritz Zwicky, Swiss/US astronomer (supernova, dark matter), dies at 75

1980-03-21

Peter Stoner, American mathematician, astronomer and Christian apologist (b. 1888)

1984-10-14

Martin Ryle, English radio astronomer, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics (b. 1918)

1985-09-10

Ernest Julius Öpik, Estonian Astronomer and Astrophysicist known for his studies of meteors and the structure and evolution of the cosmos, dies at 91

1989-02-27

Paul Oswald Ahnert, German astronomer (b. 1897)

1990-08-26

Minoru Honda, Japanese astronomer (b. 1913)

1992-02-21

Franc Holden, British astronomer (Binary Stars), dies

1992-09-21

Hans Rosenberg, astronomer/alderman of Utrecht, dies

1992-11-05

Jan Hendrik Oort, Dutch astronomer (Oort Cloud), dies at 92

1997-07-18

Eugene Shoemaker, astronomer (Shoemaker-Levy comet), dies at 69

2000-07-31

Hendrik Christoffel Van de Hulst, Dutch Astronomer, dies at 81

2001-08-20

Sir Fred Hoyle, English astronomer and science fiction writer (b. 1915)

2002-01-16

Robert Hanbury Brown, British-Australian astronomer and physicist (b. 1916)

2002-09-05

David Todd Wilkinson, American astronomer, author of the first study of the Cosmic microwave background radiation (b. 1935)

2004-05-26

Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh, Russian astronomer (b. 1931)

2004-08-30

Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (b. 1906)

2007-04-16

Frank Bateson, New Zealand astronomer (b. 1909)

2010-10-01

Audouin Dollfus, French Astronomer (discovered Janus, a moon of Saturn), dies at 85

2010-11-13

Allan Sandage, American astronomer (b. 1926)

2010-11-18

Brian G. Marsden, British astronomer (b. 1937)

2011-03-04

Alenush Terian, Iranian astronomer and physicist (b. 1920)

2012-01-03

Harold Zirin, American astronomer, dies at 82

2012-08-06

Sir Bernard Lovell, English radio astronomer, dies at 98

2012-12-09

Sir Patrick Moore, English amateur astronomer and author, dies from an infection at 89

2015-01-06

John Mason, Sir Patrick Moore: Astronomer, Broadcaster, Eccentric


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