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List and biographies of world's most famous astronomers.

Kids have always looked up at the sky and wondered what those glimmering lights, lighting up the night sky are? Some of these kids grow fascinated by the glimmering lights and grow up to make these lights their life’s work. We call them astronomers; people who study the stars, planets, galaxies and even the asteroids. These scientists have existed for countless years and have made a considerable impact on the world we live in; it was the Mayan astronomers who gave us the famous Mayan calendar according to which, the world would have ended on the 21st of December 2012. It was astronomers who first suggested the theory that the earth revolved around the sun and not the other way around and the earth was not the center of the universe or our galaxy, for that matter. The invaluable work that astronomers do is dedicated to better understanding the universe, of which the earth is a part. This work has, at times, incurred the wrath of the people because at one time the understanding of the science was not as explicit as it is today and neither was the awareness about it.
Anders Celsius Anders Celsius
(Swedish)

Anders Celsius was a Swedish astronomer, ...

Annie Jump Cannon Annie Jump Cannon
(American)

Annie Jump Cannon was an American astronomer and ...

Archimedes Archimedes
(Greek)

Archimedes of Syracuse was an outstanding ancient ...

Arthur Eddington Arthur Eddington
(British)

Arthur Eddington was an eminent scientist who is ...

Aryabhata Aryabhata
(Indian)

Aryabhata was an acclaimed ...

Avicenna Avicenna
(Iranian)

Avicenna was the most influential and renowned ...

Benjamin Banneker Benjamin Banneker
(American)

Benjamin Banneker was a man of many parts. He was ...

Brahmagupta Brahmagupta
(Indian)

Brahmagupta was a highly accomplished ancient ...

Carl F. Gauss Carl F. Gauss
(German)

Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss was a German ...

Carl Sagan Carl Sagan
(American)

Carl Sagan was a multifaceted scientist who left ...

Caroline Herschel Caroline Herschel
(German)

Caroline Herschel was a German-British astronomer ...

Charles Messier Charles Messier
(French)

In the eighteenth century, when the astronomers ...

Christiaan Huygens Christiaan Huygens
(Dutch)

Christiaan Huygens played an essential role in ...

Claudius Ptolemy Claudius Ptolemy
(Ancient Roman)

Claudius Ptolemy was a Greco-Egyptian ...

Edmond Halley Edmond Halley
(British)

Edmond Halley, a brilliant British astronomer is ...

Edwin Powell Hubble Edwin Powell Hubble
(American)

"I knew that even if I were second or third rate, ...

Galileo Galilei Galileo Galilei
(Italian)

Often remembered as the Father of Modern ...

Georges Lemaître Georges Lemaître...
(Belgian)

Georges Lemaitre was a Belgian scientist who ...

Giovanni Domenico Cassini Giovanni Domenico Cassini
(Italian)

Giovanni Cassini was a 17th century Italian ...

Hipparchus Hipparchus
(Greek)

Hipparchus was a Greek astronomer and ...

Josef Allen Hynek J. Allen Hynek
(American)

Dr. Josef Allen Hynek was an American astronomer ...

Johann Heinrich Lambert Johann Heinrich Lambert
(Swiss)

Johann Heinrich Lambert was a man with a vision. ...

Johannes Kepler Johannes Kepler
(German)

Johannes Kepler was a famous German mathematician ...

Joseph Louis Lagrange Joseph Louis Lagrange

Joseph Louis Lagrange, originally considered a ...

Mae Jemison Mae Jemison
(American)

Mae Carol Jemison is an American physician and ...

Maria Mitchell Maria Mitchell
(American)

Maria Mitchell was a 19th century American ...

Martin Ryle Martin Ryle
(British)

Sir Martin Ryle was a British astronomer who was ...

Mikhail Lomonosov Mikhail Lomonosov
(Russian)

Mikhail Lomonosov was a Russian scientist, poet, ...

Muḥammad ibn MÅ«sÄ al-KhwÄrizmÄ« Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-...
(Persian)

Al-Khwarizmi was a Persian mathematician, ...

Nicolaus Copernicus Nicolaus Copernicus
(Polish)

Most popularly known by his surname, Nicolaus ...

Otto Wilhelm von Struve Otto Wilhelm von Struve
(German)

Otto Wilhelm von Struve was a 19th century ...

Peggy Whitson Peggy Whitson
(American)

Peggy Annette Whitson is an American biochemist ...

Pierre-Simon Laplace Pierre-Simon Laplace
(French)

Pierre-Simon Laplace was a French mathematician ...

Robert Hooke Robert Hooke
(British)

Robert Hooke FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society) ...

Sir William Rowan Hamilton Sir William Rowan Hamilto...
(Irish)

One of the most significant Irish scientists, ...

Tycho Brahe Tycho Brahe
(Danish)

A Danish nobleman, Tycho Brahe made important ...

Willebrord Snell Willebrord Snell
(Dutch)

Willebrord van Royen Snell was a prominent ...

William Gilbert William Gilbert
(British)

William Gilbert, also known as ‘Gilberd’, was ...

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