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1862 – William Wallace Campbell was born on the 11th of April in Hancock County, Ohio. Amercian astronomer known particularly for his spectrographic determinations of the radial velocities of stars. 1886 – He graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in engineering, but the reading of Newcomb’s Popular Astronomy and work as a ..

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1838 – He was born on the 12th of December.          – He served as a military stenographer in the Union Army in the Civil War. 1873–1874 – He produced a catalog of double stars.          – He became a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.          – He continued to identify ..

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1830 – Born on November 22nd in Plön. German astronomer. 1851 – Started his part-time work as a computer at Berlin Observatory. 1852-1855 – He soon was "discovered" by its director Johann Franz Encke, and became second assistant, first assistant and observer. 1859 – A prize assignment on astronomical refraction developed into his habilitation thesis. ..

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1821 – Born on November 18th in Berlin. German astronomer. 1839 – He entered the University of Berlin, where he studied mathematics, astronomy and physics, as well as chemistry, philosophy and philology. 1843 – He received his Ph.D. from the University of Berlin.          – He took an active part in astronomical work at ..

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1773 – He was born at Largs in Ayrshire, Scotland on the 23rd of July.          – He was educated in astronomy and mathematics at the University of Edinburgh. 1789-1793 – He joined the British Army and had a distinguished career in Flanders, the West Indies, Spain and North America. 1808 –  He had ..

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1556 – Born on August 24th in Knudstrup, Denmark, to Otte Brahe and Beate Bille Brahe. Sophia made her own career as a horticulturist, healer, historian and astronomer.          – She was the sister and collaborator of Tycho Brahe. 1566 – Tycho himself chose to educate her when her flair for academics became evident ..

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1546 – Born on December 14th in Knudstrup, Skane, Denmark (now Sweden). Tycho Brahe is probably the most famous observational astronomer of the sixteenth-century. 1562 – After three years at the University of Copenhagen, he spent much of the period traveling in Germany, studying at the Universities of Leipzig, Wittenberg, and Rostock, and working with ..

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1963 –  An English astronomer was born 1729 – By observing seasonal elliptical motion of apparent position of gamma Draconis, discovered astronomical aberration of light. 1727-1747 – By observing that apparent stellar positions slightly vary with same periodicity as lunar nodes, he discovered nutation of Earth (oscillation of Earth’s axis, due to changing direction of ..

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1773 – Nathaniel Bowditch was born on March 26th in Salem, Massachusetts. American astronomer and mathematician. 1785 – The family business kept Nat occupied for another two years until he was apprenticed to another business called “Hodges and Ropes” in Salem. 1790 – At 17 he taught himself Latin in order to read Isaac Newton’s ..

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1846 – He was born in Providence, Rhode Island. 1870 – He graduated from Dartmouth College, then went to work as a clerk for the U.S. Government.          – He served as an assistant astronomer for a government expedition to survey the U.S-Canadian border. 1876 – He became the directory of the Dudley Observatory ..

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