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List and biographies of world's most famous astronomers.

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.
AvicennaAvicenna
Avicenna was the most influential and renowned philosopher and scientist of the Islamic world. Popularly known as the father of modern medicine, ...
Carl Sagan Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan was a multifaceted scientist who left his mark in astronomy, astrophysics, Extra-Terrestrial Science, the space and natural sciences ...
Caroline HerschelCaroline Herschel
Caroline Herschel was a German-British astronomer who contributed significantly in the field of astronomy. Even though she was only four foot ...
Charles MessierCharles Messier
In the eighteenth century, when the astronomers of France and other parts of the world were engrossed in making new discoveries about the ...
Claudius PtolemyClaudius Ptolemy
Claudius Ptolemy was an influential mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, geographer and also a poet. He was a Greek-Roman citizen and lived in ...
Edmond HalleyEdmond Halley
Edmond Halley, a brilliant British astronomer is hailed as one of the greatest minds in the history of British astronomy. As Halley lived in the ...
Edwin Powell HubbleEdwin Powell Hubble
"I knew that even if I were second or third rate, it was astronomy that mattered" — these words reflect the stubborn and ambitious nature of ...
Johann Heinrich LambertJohann Heinrich Lamb...
Johann Heinrich Lambert was a man with a vision. Despite coming from a family of tailors, Lambert acclaimed a great deal of success in his life, ...
Johannes KeplerJohannes Kepler
Johannes Kepler was a famous German mathematician and astronomer who discovered the ovoid movements of the planets around the sun. The first ...
Joseph Louis LagrangeJoseph Louis Lagrang...
Joseph Louis Lagrange, originally considered a French Mathematician, was actually of an Italian descent. He was largely self-taught and pushed ...
Sir William Rowan HamiltonSir William Rowan Ha...
One of the most significant Irish scientists, William Rowan Hamilton made noteworthy contributions in the field of classical mechanics, algebra ...
Tycho BraheTycho Brahe
A Danish nobleman, Tycho Brahe made important contribution to astronomy. He devised his own instrument, even before the invention of the ...
Willebrord SnellWillebrord Snell
Willebrord van Royen Snell was a prominent mathematician and astronomer. His name and works had been associated with the law of refraction for ...
William GilbertWilliam Gilbert
William Gilbert, also known as ‘Gilberd’, was a famous researcher in magnetism. He was famous during the time of Queen Elizabeth I and is best ...