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John Herschel

John Herschel About Son of the famed astronomer William Herschel who made many important astronomic observations. He also did work in photography and studied color blindness. Other Informations At Cambridge, his fellow classmate Charles Babbage and him promised each other to leave the world wiser than they found it. He discovered many of the moons …

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Harlow Shapley

Harlow Shapley About Award-winning astronomer remembered for correctly estimating the size of the Milky Way Galaxy. He also originated the concept of “habitable zones,” which describes areas in space where liquid water can be supported. Other Informations He was a Journalism student at the University of Missouri before switching his focus to Astronomy. The “Shapley” …

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Tycho Brahe

Tycho Brahe About One of the most important astronomers of the sixteenth century who was the last of the major naked eye astronomers, working without telescopes. He was made the official imperial astronomer by the Holy Roman emperor Rudolph II in 1597. Other Informations He studied law at the University of Copenhagen because his uncle …

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Norman Lockyer

Norman Lockyer About English scientist and astronomer who is credited with discovering the gas helium and was the founder of the journal Nature. Other Informations He worked as a civil servant in the British War office. He led eight expeditions to observe solar eclipses, including one in 1870 to Sicily and one in 1871 to …

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Jack Horkheimer

Jack Horkheimer About Miami Space Transit Planetarium executive director who began hosting the astronomy show Jack Horkheimer: Star Gazer in 1976. Other Informations He hosted a WBEV radio show when he was 15 years old. He volunteered at the Miami Science Museum planetarium in 1964 after moving to Florida to preserve his health. His father, …

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Robert Stawell Ball

Robert Stawell Ball About Irish astronomer remembered for founding the mathematical concept known as “screw theory.” He was named the Royal Astronomer of Ireland at the University of Dublin in 1874 and is responsible for important works on astronomy like A Treatise on Spherical Astronomy. Other Informations He was born in Dublin and worked under …

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Nicolaus Copernicus

Nicolaus Copernicus About Renaissance astronomer best known as the first scientist to assert that the Earth revolves around the Sun. This theory was controversial at the time but achieved enough support from contemporaries to give way to the scientific revolution.  Other Informations He looked after his sister’s five children in place of the children he …

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Maria Mitchell

Maria Mitchell About American astronomer who discovered a comet that became known as “Miss Mitchell’s Comet” in 1847 by using a telescope. It won her a gold medal prize presented by King Frederick VII of Denmark. Other Informations She was taught astronomy by her father while using his telescope and helped him in calculating the …

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William Herschel

William Herschel About Famous Astronomer and composer who discovered infrared radiation, the planet Uranus, and two of its major moons, Titania and Oberon. He is also known for the twenty-four symphonies that he composed. Other Informations He composed twenty-four symphonies and played four instruments. During his career, he constructed more than four hundred telescopes and …

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Ibn Al-haytham

Ibn Al-haytham About Persian scholar of the middle ages who made great contributions to astronomy, science, optics, philosophy, and other fields. He has been called the father of modern optics, experimental physics and scientific methodology. Other Informations He got his education in Baghdad, the center of the Middle Eastern culture and science at the time. …

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Otto Wilhelm Von Struve

Otto Wilhelm Von Struve About 19th century Russian astronomer and member of the Russian Academy of Sciences who did a lot of important work compiling stellar coordinates and measured the rings of Saturn. Other Informations He studied at the University of St. Petersburg in the 1840s. He led the Pulkovo Observatory from 1862 to 1889. …

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John Brashear

John Brashear About Astronomer who patented instruments for telescopes. He received the Elliott Cresson Medal in 1910 and from 1901 to 1904, he was acting chancellor of the Western University of Pennsylvania, now known as the University of Pittsburgh. Other Informations He grew up star gazing as a teenager and he used to look through …