1697 - George Parker, 2nd Earl of Macclesfield, born this year. He was celebrated as an astronomer.
1721 - 1732 - Styled Viscount Parker.
1722 - 1727 - He was Member of Parliament for Wallingford, but his interests were not in politics.
1722 - He became a fellow of the Royal Society, and he spent most of his time in astronomical observations at his Oxfordshire seat, Shirburn Castle, which had been bought by his father here he built an observatory and a chemical laboratory.
1750 - He was offered the honorary position of vice president of the Foundling Hospital, which he accepted.
1752 - 1764 - He was president of the Royal Society, and he made some observations on the great Lisbon earthquake.
1752 - He was very prominent in effecting the changeover to the Gregorian calendar.
1754 - His son ran for parliament as a Whig, resentment over his role in the calendar reform.
1764 - Died on the 17th of March.
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