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AIRY, George Biddell Sir

Forenames: George Biddell

Last name: AIRY

Titles and Honours: Sir

Date of Election: 1843-02-07

Honorary Member? Yes


Present in the Dictionary of National Biography? Yes


Place of Residence:


Astronomer Royal

1819 Trinity College, Cambridge.
1823 Senior wrangler (1824, Fellow)
1828 member, Astronomical Society
1826 Lucasian Professor of Maths at Cambridge
1828 Professor of Astronomy and director of Cambridge observatory
1835-81 Astronomer Royal

Designed his own instruments.

Reduced all planetary and lunar observations made at Greenwich.

Gold medallist, RAS 1846

Controlled British expeditions to observe transit of Venus, 1874, and reduced collected data.

Published volumes on astronomy.

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