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Airy, George Biddell, Sir

Born: 1801 AD
Died: 1892 AD, at 90 years of age.

Nationality: British
Categories: Astronomers


1801 - Airy was born in Northumberland, England on July 27, 1801.


1811 - Attended the Colchester Royal Grammar School and was able to learn arithmetic, double-entry book keeping.


1819 - Airy was able to study at Trinity College in Cambridge as sizar (working student).


1822 - Airy was elected scholar of Trinity.


1823 - Graduated as the top of his class and was able to receive the Smith's Prize.


1824 - Airy was awarded a fellowship at Trinity College on October 1, 1824.


1825 - Pubished his book Trigonometry.


1826 - Became Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge and an appointed member of the Board of Longitude.


1828 - Elected as the Pulian Professor of Astronomy and Director of the new Cambridge Observatory.


1830 - Married Richarda Smith on March 24, 1830.


1831 - Received the Society's Copley Medal award.


1834 - Pubished his book Gravitation and became Chairman of the Commission set up to construct Standard Weights and Measures.


1835 - Became Astronomer Royal when he moved to Greenwich. His contributions as a mathematician and astronomer, he improved the orbital theory of Venus and the Moon, made a study on interference fringes in optics, studied and made a mathematical study of the rainbow and computed the density of the Earth by swinging a pendulum at the top and bottom of a deep mine. Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


1836 - Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of London.


1845 - Received the Society's Royal Medal award and was elected President of Royal Astronomical Society.


1851 - Established a new Prime Meridian at Greenwich.


1866 - Pubished his book Patial Differential Equations.


1871 - Elected President of the Royal Society of London.


1874 - Organised the expedition to observe the transit of Venus.


1892 - Died in Greenwich, England on January 2, 1892.


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