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Astronomers

Thomas Harriot (c. 1560 - 1621) was an English astronomer. He was also a mathematician, ethnographer, and a translator. He is sometimes credited for introducing the potato to Great Britain and Ireland. He was also the first person to make an accurate d...

Ernst Wilhelm Leberecht Tempel was born on December 4, 1821 in Germany and died March 16, 1889. Tempel worked in Marseille until the onset of the Franco Prussian War in 1870 at which time he relocated to Italy. Tempel discovered or assisted in discov...

Ernst Wilhelm Leberecht Tempel was born on December 4, 1821 in Germany and died March 16, 1889. Tempel worked in Marseille until the onset of the Franco Prussian War in 1870 at which time he relocated to Italy. Tempel discovered or assisted in discov...

Thorvald Nicolai Thiele was born on December 24, 1838 and died on September 26, 1910. He was a famous mathematician, astronomer and statistician. He is best known for the interpolation and three body problem. He was the first to hypothesize Brownian...

François Félix Tisserand was born on January 13, 1845 at Nuits-Saint-Georges, Côte d'Or. He went to Ecole Normale Superieure in 1863. He received a professorship at the lycee at Metz upon his departure from the Ecole Normale Superieure. He ...

Johann Daniel Titius was born on January 2, 1729 in Konitz, Royal Prussia. He was a professor at Wittenberg. He is most famous for the Titius-Bode law, which helped him find the existence of a minor planet at 2.8 AU from the sun in 1766. The planet w...

Jean Elias Benjamin Valz was born on May 27, 1787 in Nimes in France. He was formally trained as an engineer, but he became intrigued with astronomy, specifically comets, after witnessing the return of the Comet Encke. Before leaving his home to beco...

Hermann Carl Vogel (April 3, 1841 "“ August 13, 1907) was a German astronomer born in Leipzig, Kingdom of Saxony. Vogel was the first to utilize the spectroscope in astronomy. He employed this device to chemically decipher planetary atmosphere...

Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve (April 15, 1793 "“ November 23, 1864) was a Baltic-German astronomer, and member of a celebrated line of astronomers. He is best known for his advanced observations of double-stars. He was born in Altona, Den...

Otto Wilhelm von Struve (May 7, 1819 "“ April 14, 1905) was a Russian astronomer of Baltic German descent. He is one of many renowned astronomers in his family. Struve was born the son of Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve, in Tartu, Estonia. ...

The Reverend Thomas William Webb (December 14, 1807 "“ May 19, 1885) was a British astronomer and faithful clergyman. The lone son of a clergyman, the Rev. John Webb was raised and educated by his father in absence of his mother who died in Webb's...

Carl Friedrich Freiherr von Weizsäcker (June 28, 1912 "“ 28 April 2007) was German physicist and philosopher. He was the longest-living member of Werner Heisenberg's research team which investigated nuclear studies in Germany during World War II....

Friedrich August Theodor Winnecke (February 5, 1835 "“ December 3, 1897) was German astronomer born in a small village outside of Hannover. Much of his career, 1858 "“ 1865, he worked at Pulkovo Astronomical Oberservatory located just south of ...

Maximilian Franz Joseph Cornelius Wolf (June 21, 1863 - October 3, 1932) was a German astronomer and pioneer of astrophotography. He is accredited with the discovery of a large quantity of asteroids. Heidelberg, Germany was his birthplace. He rec...

Baron Franz Xaver von Zach (June 4, 1754 "“ September 2, 1832) was a Hungarian astronomer born in Pest most remembered for his efforts in search of the "missing planet", writing Tables of the Sun, and serving as Editor on 3 major scientific journals....

Georg Friedrich Julius Arthur von Auwers (September 12, 1838 "“ January 24, 1915) was a German astronomer born in Göttingen, Germany. He attended the University of Göttingen and worked at the University of Königsberg. Auwers specialized in a...

Robert Grant Aitken (December 31, 1864 "“ October 29, 1951) was an American inventor born in Jackson, CA. Aitken worked at the Lick Observatory in California where he systematically studied double stars, measuring their positions and calculating ...

Charles Greeley Abbot (May 31, 1872 "“ December 17, 1973) was an American astrophysicist and astronomer born in Wilton, New Hampshire. He graduated from Phillips Academy in 1891 and MIT in 1894, with a degree in chemical physics. In 1895 Abbot wa...

Antonio Abetti (June 19, 1846 "“ February 20, 1928) was an Italian astronomer born in San Pietro di Gorizia. He earned a degree in mathematics and engineering at the University of Padua. He Later became director of the Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arc...

Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 - December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer who pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) and science in general. He is less well known for his skepticism. Born in B...