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Astronomer Royal


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Astronomer Royal

Astronomer Royal

Astronomer Royal

Astronomer Royal for Scotland

Astronomer Royal for Scotland

Astronomers royal (1675-2012)

DAVIDSON, Charles Rundle (1875 - 1970), Assistant Astronomer, retired, Royal Observatory, Greenwich

JONES, Harold Spencer (1890 - 1960), Astronomer Royal, 1933–55; retired 31 December 1955

CHRISTIE, William Henry Mahoney (1845 - 1922), Astronomer-Royal 1881–1910

HOUGH, Sydney Samuel (1870 - 1923), HM Astronomer, Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope, since 1907

Rees, Martin John (born 1942), Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge, since 2012 (Master, 2004–12); Astronomer Royal, since 1995

WOLFENDALE, Arnold (Whittaker) (born 1927), Professor of Physics, University of Durham, 1965–92, now Emeritus; Astronomer Royal, 1991–95

GREAVES, William Michael Herbert (1897 - 1955), Astronomer Royal for Scotland and Professor of Astronomy in the University of Edinburgh since 1938

BRÜCK, Hermann Alexander (1905 - 2000), Astronomer Royal for Scotland and Regius Professor of Astronomy in the University of Edinburgh, 1957–75, then Professor Emeritus

COPELAND, Ralph (1837 - 1905), Astronomer-Royal for Scotland from 1889; Professor of Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, from 1889

BELL BURNELL, (Susan) Jocelyn (born 1943), astronomer; Visiting Professor of Astrophysics, University of Oxford, since 2004; President, Royal Society of Edinburgh, since 2014

REDDISH, Vincent Cartledge (1926 - 2015), Regius Professor of Astronomy, Edinburgh University, Director, Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, and Astronomer Royal for Scotland, 1975–80, then Professor Emeritus

GORE, John Ellard (1845 - 1910), Corresponding Member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada; Member of Council, Royal Irish Academy, etc.; amateur astronomer and writer on astronomical subjects

RYLE, Martin (1918 - 1984), Professor of Radio Astronomy, Cambridge, 1959–82, then Emeritus; Director, Mullard Radio-Astronomy Observatory, Cambridge, 1957–82; Astronomer Royal, 1972–82

 

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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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