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Astronomer Royal


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An honorary title held by a prominent British astronomer, created in 1675 by King Charles II when the Royal Observatory was founded. Until 1971 the Astronomer Royal was also Director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, but the post was subsequently made separate.

Astronomers Royal

Name

Held office

John Flamsteed (1646–1719)

1675–1719

Edmond Halley (1656–1742)

1720–42

James Bradley (1693–1762)

1742–62

Nathaniel Bliss (1700–1764)

1762–4

Nevil Maskelyne (1732–1811)

1765–1811

John Pond (1767–1836)

1811–35

George B. Airy (1801–92)

1835–81

William H. M. Christie (1845–1923)

1881–1910

Frank W. Dyson (1868–1939)

1910–33

Harold Spencer Jones (1890–1960)

1933–55

Richard Woolley (1906–86)

1956–71

Martin Ryle (1918–84)

1972–82

Francis Graham-Smith (1923– )

1982–90

Arnold Whittaker Wolfendale (1927– )

1991–4

Martin John Rees (1942– )

1995– 

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.


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