W.A. Ward’s quote ‘curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning’ best defines man’s urge to know his surroundings and universe better. Ever since the field of science has evolved, scientists and astronomers have constantly struggled to understand the universe better. Over the centuries, many theories and calculations have resulted in a geocentric view of the space. From believing Milky Way as the only galaxy present in the universe to coming to terms with the presence of more than billion galaxies, the understanding of the universe has only bettered with time, thanks to the famous astronomers who dedicated their life to the study of cosmos. Every country has had a long list of astronomers who have significantly contributed through their discoveries and findings. Talking about American astronomers, they have greatly contributed right from the early days of astronomy to the modern era. Some of them include William K Hartmann, Edwin Hubble, Carl Sagan, Harlow Shapley, James Bauer, Frank Drake, Walter Sydney Adams and so on. Their findings and discoveries have helped educate people about the universe they live in. Update yourself by discovering interesting facts about the life and works of famous American astronomers.
Carl SaganCarl Sagan
09 November 1934
Astronomer, Astrophysicist, Writer
Josef Allen HynekJ. Allen Hynek
01 May 1910
Astronomer, Ufologist

Benjamin BannekerBenjamin Banneker
09 November 1731
Compiler of Almanacs

Henrietta Swan LeavittHenrietta Swan Leavitt
04 July 1868
Astronomer

Annie Jump CannonAnnie Jump Cannon
11 December 1863
Astronomer

Maria MitchellMaria Mitchell
01 August 1818
Astronomer
Edwin Powell HubbleEdwin Powell Hubble
20 November 1889
Astronomer & Mathematician

Margaret BurbidgeMargaret Burbidge
12 August 1919
Astrophysicist

Lawrence M. KraussLawrence M. Krauss
27 May 1954
Astronomer, Physicist, Astrophysicist, Academic,
Eugene Merle ShoemakerEugene Merle Shoemaker
28 April 1928
Geologist

Clyde TombaughClyde Tombaugh
04 February 1906
Astronomer, University teacher
Vera RubinVera Rubin
23 July 1928
Astronomer

Max TegmarkMax Tegmark
05 May 1967
Physicist, Astronomer, Astrophysicist

Eric W. WeissteinEric W. Weisstein
18 March 1969
Mathematician, Astronomer, Non-fiction writer

Cecilia Payne-GaposchkinCecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
10 May 1900
Astronomer, University teacher

Frank DrakeFrank Drake
28 May 1930
American astronomer
Percival LowellPercival Lowell
13 March 1855
Astronomer, Mathematician

Matthew Fontaine MauryMatthew Fontaine Maury
14 January 1806
Astronomer

Samuel Pierpont LangleySamuel Pierpont Langley
22 August 1834
Astronomer

Fritz ZwickyFritz Zwicky
14 February 1898
Astronomer, Physicist, University teacher
Gerard KuiperGerard Kuiper
07 December 1905
Astronomer

David RittenhouseDavid Rittenhouse
08 April 1732
Astronomer
Valerie ThomasValerie Thomas
1943 AD
scientist and inventor

Michelle ThallerMichelle Thaller
 

Williamina FlemingWilliamina Fleming
15 May 1857
Astronomer
Simon NewcombSimon Newcomb
12 March 1835
Astronomer, Mathematician, Economist, Novelist,

Amy MainzerAmy Mainzer
02 January 1974
astronomer
Michael E. BrownMichael E. Brown
05 June 1965
Astronomer

Nathaniel BowditchNathaniel Bowditch
26 March 1773
Mathematician, Astronomer, Actuary, Physicist,

Harlow ShapleyHarlow Shapley
02 November 1885
Astronomer
Adam RiessAdam Riess
16 December 1969
Professor

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Lyman SpitzerLyman Spitzer
26 June 1914
Astronomer, Astrophysicist, Physicist, University
Karl Guthe JanskyKarl Guthe Jansky
22 October 1905
Physicist

Thomas GoldThomas Gold
22 May 1920
Professor

George Ellery HaleGeorge Ellery Hale
29 June 1868
Astronomer, Journalist

Guy ConsolmagnoGuy Consolmagno
19 September 1952
Astronomer, School teacher, Writer, Planetary
Robert H. DickeRobert H. Dicke
06 May 1916
Astronomer
Vesto SlipherVesto Slipher
11 November 1875
Astronomer

Carolyn S. ShoemakerCarolyn S. Shoemaker
24 June 1929
Astronomer

Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr.Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr.
29 March 1941
Astrophysicist

Seth ShostakSeth Shostak
20 July 1943
Astronomer, Radio personality
Karl Gordon HenizeKarl Gordon Henize
17 October 1926
Astronomer, Astronaut, Scientist

Robert JastrowRobert Jastrow
07 September 1925
Astronomer

Allan SandageAllan Sandage
18 June 1926
Astronomer

Jan DavisJan Davis
01 November 1953
Astronaut

Edward Charles PickeringEdward Charles Pickering
19 July 1846
Astronomer
Henry Norris RussellHenry Norris Russell
25 October 1877
Astronomer

Asaph HallAsaph Hall
15 October 1829
American astronomer
Ralph Asher AlpherRalph Asher Alpher
03 February 1921
Cosmologist

Edward Emerson BarnardEdward Emerson Barnard
16 December 1857
American astronomer

Geoffrey MarcyGeoffrey Marcy
29 September 1954
Astronomer, Physicist, University teacher
Grote ReberGrote Reber
22 December 1911
Amateur Astronomer

Otto StruveOtto Struve
12 August 1897
Astronomer
William Wallace CampbellWilliam Wallace Campbell
11 April 1862
Astronomer

Henry DraperHenry Draper
07 March 1837
Doctor

Fred Lawrence WhippleFred Lawrence Whipple
05 November 1906
Astronomer

William Henry PickeringWilliam Henry Pickering
15 February 1858
Astronomer

William FerrelWilliam Ferrel
29 January 1817
Meteorologist
George William HillGeorge William Hill
03 March 1838
Astronomer

Scott S. SheppardScott S. Sheppard
1976 AD
Astronomer

A. E. DouglassA. E. Douglass
05 July 1867
Astronomer

Bart BokBart Bok
28 April 1906
Astronomer
Thomas BrattleThomas Brattle
20 June 1658
Merchant

Benjamin Apthorp GouldBenjamin Apthorp Gould
27 September 1824
Astronomer
Alexei FilippenkoAlexei Filippenko
25 July 1958
Astronomer, Astrophysicist, University teacher

Robert Grant AitkenRobert Grant Aitken
31 December 1864
Astronomer

James Edward KeelerJames Edward Keeler
10 September 1857
Astronomer
Roger AngelRoger Angel
07 February 1941
Astronomer

Walter Sydney AdamsWalter Sydney Adams
20 December 1876
Astronomer
Christian Heinrich Friedrich PetersChristian Heinrich Friedrich Peters
19 September 1813
American-German astronomer

James L. ElliotJames L. Elliot
19 June 1943
Astronomical Scientist

George F. SmootGeorge F. Smoot
20 February 1945
Cosmologist
William Cranch BondWilliam Cranch Bond
09 September 1789
Astronomer

Charles Dillon PerrineCharles Dillon Perrine
28 July 1867
Astronomer
Mary Watson WhitneyMary Watson Whitney
11 September 1847
Astronomer

Sarah Frances WhitingSarah Frances Whiting
23 August 1847
Astronomer

Charles Augustus YoungCharles Augustus Young
15 December 1834
Astronomer

Seth Barnes NicholsonSeth Barnes Nicholson
12 November 1891
Astronomer
Robert Julius TrumplerRobert Julius Trumpler
02 October 1886
Astronomer
Horace W. BabcockHorace W. Babcock
13 September 1912
Astronomer

William Wilson MorganWilliam Wilson Morgan
03 January 1906
Astronomer

Gerry NeugebauerGerry Neugebauer
03 September 1932
Astronomer

William CoblentzWilliam Coblentz
20 November 1873
Physicist
Donald Edward OsterbrockDonald Edward Osterbrock
13 July 1924
Astronomer

Wallace John EckertWallace John Eckert
19 June 1902
Astronomer

Harold D. BabcockHarold D. Babcock
24 January 1882
Astronomer

Seth Carlo ChandlerSeth Carlo Chandler
16 September 1846
Astronomer

Carl Otto LamplandCarl Otto Lampland
29 December 1873
Astronomer
Dirk BrouwerDirk Brouwer
01 September 1902
Astronomer

Philip Childs KeenanPhilip Childs Keenan
31 March 1908
Astronomer
James Melville GillissJames Melville Gilliss
06 September 1811
Astronomer

Lewis BossLewis Boss
26 October 1846
Astronomer
Halton Christian ArpHalton Christian Arp
21 March 1927
Astronomer
William Edwin GordonWilliam Edwin Gordon
08 January 1918
Physicist