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 ..
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 ..
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. ..
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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
1842 – Born on the 8th of December in Roquemaure, France. French astronomer. – The asteroid, Borrelly was named in his honour. 1864 – He entered Marsaille Observatory as an assistant astronomer (under the directorship of Voigt, who was replaced by Stephan). 1866 – His main interest was the observation of comets and ..