Airy, George Biddell, Sir

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Born: Jul 27, 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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