Thomas Dick

(1774—1857) writer on science and philosopher

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Thomas Dick was born in Dundee on 24 November 1774 and died nearby at Broughty Ferry on 29 July 1857. As a boy, he was so impressed by the appearance of a spectacular meteor that he made a telescope out of old spectacle lenses mounted in a cardboard tube and started to observe the heavens. In time, he turned himself into a considerable amateur astronomer, reporting his observations in several papers; he was eventually admitted to the Royal Astronomical Society in 1853.


From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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