Astronomers in History

Historical Events

  • 1374-05-03 BC Solar eclipse (2m07s) seen at Ugarit by Mesopotamian astronomers "On the day of the new moon, in the month of Hiyar, the Sun was put to shame, and went down in the daytime, with Mars in attendance."
  • 1054-07-04 Brightest known supernova SN 1054 (creates the Crab Nebula) 1st reported by Chinese astronomers
  • 1181-08-06 Supernova observed by Chinese & Japanese astronomers

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1500-11-05 -6th Nov astronomer Copernicus observes a lunar eclipse in Rome

Astronomer and Mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus
Astronomer and Mathematician
Nicolaus Copernicus

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1595-07-19 Astronomer Johannes Kepler has an epiphany and develops his theory of the geometrical basis of the universe

Astronomer Johannes Kepler
Astronomer
Johannes Kepler

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1610-01-01 German astronomer Simon Marius 1st discovers the Jupiter moons, but does not officially report it, Galileo does on July 1 1610

Astronomer & Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer & Physicist
Galileo Galilei
  • 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
  • 1642-08-13 Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens discovers Martian south polar cap
  • 1675-03-04 John Flamsteed appointed 1st Astronomer Royal of England

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1682-09-04 English astronomer Edmond Halley observes the comet named after him

Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist Edmond Halley
Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist
Edmond Halley
  • 1690-12-23 English astronomer John Flamsteed observes Uranus without realizing it's undiscovered
  • 1720-02-10 Edmond Halley appointed as the second Astronomer Royal at the Greenwich Observatory

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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

Astronomer Anders Celsius
Astronomer
Anders Celsius
  • 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
  • 1839-09-09 English scientist and astronomer John Herschel takes 1st glass plate photograph
  • 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

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1924-12-30 Astronomer Edwin Hubble formally announces existence of other galactic systems at meeting of the American Astronomical Society

Astronomer Edwin Hubble
Astronomer
Edwin Hubble
  • 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
  • 1951-07-02 Leidse astronomers discover radio signal out of Milky Way system
  • 1976-04-01 Jovian-Plutonian gravitational effect is first reported by the astronomer Patrick Moore.
  • 1987-01-06 Astronomers at University of California see 1st sight of birth of a galaxy
  • 1989-01-18 Astronomers discover pulsar in remnants of Supernova 1987A (LMC)
  • 1994-04-21 The first discoveries of extrasolar planets are announced by astronomer Alexander Wolszczan.
  • 1994-11-03 Dutch & British astronomers find spiral nebula Dwingeloo 1
  • 2005-07-29 Astronomers announce their discovery of Eris.
  • 2010-05-22 Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus' remains are reburied in Frombork Cathedral, Poland after a 200 year search for his tomb.,
  • 2016-08-24 Astronomers announce discovery of earth-like planet named Proxima b orbiting star Proxima Centauri

Famous Birthdays

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  • 0903-12-07 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)

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1473-02-19 Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish mathematician and astronomer who theorized that planets revolve around the sun (Heliocentric theory), born in Toruń, Royal Prussia, Kingdom of Poland (d. 1543)

Astronomer and Mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus
Astronomer and Mathematician
Nicolaus Copernicus
  • 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)

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1546-12-14 Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer (Golden nose), born in Knudstrup, Denmark (d. 1601)

Astronomer Tycho Brahe
Astronomer
Tycho Brahe
  • 1561-08-25 Philippe van Lansberge, Dutch astronomer (d. 1632)
  • 1562-10-04 Christian Sørensen Longomontanus, Danish astronomer (d. 1647)

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1564-02-15 Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer, physicist and engineer who has been called the father of science, born in Pisa, Duchy of Florence, Italy (d. 1642)

Astronomer & Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer & Physicist
Galileo Galilei
  • 1564-03-09 David Fabricius, Essens Germany, astronomer (discoved variable star)
  • 1565-11-10 Laurentius Paulinus Gothus, Swedish theologian and astronomer (d. 1646)

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1571-12-27 Johannes Kepler, German astronomer (planetary Motion), born in Weil der Stadt, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1630)

Astronomer Johannes Kepler
Astronomer
Johannes Kepler
  • 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, mathematician/astronomer, born in Naples, Italy
  • 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)

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1632-10-20 Christopher Wren, English astronomer and architect (St. Paul's Cathedral), born in East Knoyle, Wiltshire (d. 1723)

Architect Christopher Wren
Architect
Christopher Wren

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1632-10-31 Jan Vermeer, Dutch painter (Procuress, Astronomer), born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1675)

Painter Jan Vermeer
Painter
Jan Vermeer
  • 1633-06-01 Geminiano Montanari, Italian astronomer (d. 1687)
  • 1640-03-18 Philippe de la Hire, French mathematician and astronomer (d. 1719)

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1642-12-25 Isaac Newton, English physicist, mathematician and astronomer (Gravity, Laws of Motion), born in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, England (d. 1727)

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • 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

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1656-10-29 Edmond Halley, English astronomer (Halley's comet), born in Haggerston, Middlesex, England (d. 1742) [NS=Nov 8]

Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist Edmond Halley
Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist
Edmond Halley
  • 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)

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1701-11-27 Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer (proposed the Celsius temperature scale), born in Uppsala, Sweden (d. 1744)

Astronomer Anders Celsius
Astronomer
Anders Celsius
  • 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

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1738-11-15 William Herschel, German/British astronomer (discovered Uranus), born in Hanover, Brunswick-Lüneburg, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1822)

Astronomer William Herschel
Astronomer
William Herschel
  • 1748-06-30 Jacques D "comte" Cassini, French astronomer
  • 1749-03-23 Pierre-Simon Laplace, mathematician/astronomer/physicist

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1749-09-19 Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre, French mathematician and astronomer (The History of Astronomy), born in Amiens, France (d. 1822)

Mathematician/Astronomer Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre
Mathematician/Astronomer
Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre
  • 1750-03-16 Caroline Herschel, pioneering female astronomer, (comet 35P/Herschel-Rigollet), born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1848)
  • 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)
  • 1793-04-15 Friedrich Struve, Germany, founded dynasty of astronomers
  • 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)

Famous Weddings


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1924-02-26 Astronomer Edwin Hubble (34) weds Grace Burke in Pasadena, California

Astronomer Edwin Hubble
Astronomer
Edwin Hubble

Famous Deaths

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  • 0030-04-07 Jesus Christ is crucified, according to astronomer Schaefer
  • 0033-04-03 Christ, crucified (according to astronomer Humphreys & Waddington)
  • 0883-03-08 Albumasar, [Ahmad Aboe M Gafar al-Balkhi], Arabic astronomer, dies
  • 0901-02-18 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

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1543-05-24 Nicolas Copernicus, astronomer, dies in Poland aged 70

Astronomer and Mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus
Astronomer and Mathematician
Nicolaus Copernicus
  • 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)

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1601-10-24 Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer, dies in Prague at 54

Astronomer Tycho Brahe
Astronomer
Tycho Brahe
  • 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

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1630-11-15 Johannes Kepler, German astronomer, dies at 58

Astronomer Johannes Kepler
Astronomer
Johannes Kepler
  • 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)

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1642-01-08 Galileo Galilei, Italian physicist/astronomer, dies at 77 in Italy

Astronomer & Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer & Physicist
Galileo Galilei
  • 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

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1723-02-25 Christopher Wren, English astronomer and architect (St. Paul's Cathedral), dies at 90

Architect Christopher Wren
Architect
Christopher Wren

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1727-03-31 Isaac Newton, English physicist/astronomer, dies in London at 84

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • 1729-12-01 Giacomo F. Maraldi, French-Italian astronomer (b. 1665)
  • 1736-02-07 Stephen Gray, English astronomer and scientist (b. 1666)

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1744-04-25 Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer (proposed the Celsius temperature scale), dies at 42

Astronomer Anders Celsius
Astronomer
Anders Celsius
  • 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 at 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, Italian 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)

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1806-10-09 Benjamin Banneker, African American astronomer, mathematician and surveyor of Washington D.C., dies at 74

Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author Benjamin Banneker
Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author
Benjamin Banneker
  • 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)

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1822-08-19 Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre, French mathematician and astronomer, dies at 72

Mathematician/Astronomer Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre
Mathematician/Astronomer
Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre

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1822-08-22 William Herschel, German/British astronomer (discovered Uranus), dies at 83

Astronomer William Herschel
Astronomer
William Herschel
  • 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 pioneering female astronomer (comet 35P/Herschel-Rigolle), dies at 97