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

Eugene Merle ShoemakerEugene Merle Shoemaker
28 April 1928
Astronomer, Geologist, Physicist

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

Lawrence M. KraussLawrence M. Krauss
27 May 1954
Astronomer, Physicist, Astrophysicist, Academic,
Clyde TombaughClyde Tombaugh
04 February 1906
Astronomer, University teacher

Max TegmarkMax Tegmark
05 May 1967
Physicist, Astronomer, Astrophysicist
Vera RubinVera Rubin
23 July 1928
Astronomer

Brian SchmidtBrian Schmidt
24 February 1967
Astronomer, University teacher

Eric W. WeissteinEric W. Weisstein
18 March 1969
Mathematician, Astronomer, Non-fiction writer
Fritz ZwickyFritz Zwicky
14 February 1898
Astronomer, Physicist, University teacher

Samuel Pierpont LangleySamuel Pierpont Langley
22 August 1834
Astronomer
Michael E. BrownMichael E. Brown
05 June 1965
Astronomer

Percival LowellPercival Lowell
13 March 1855
Astronomer, Mathematician

Michelle ThallerMichelle Thaller
 
Matthew Fontaine MauryMatthew Fontaine Maury
14 January 1806
Astronomer

Simon NewcombSimon Newcomb
12 March 1835
Astronomer, Mathematician, Economist, Novelist,
Frank DrakeFrank Drake
28 May 1930
American astronomer

David RittenhouseDavid Rittenhouse
08 April 1732
Astronomer

Karl Gordon HenizeKarl Gordon Henize
17 October 1926
Astronomer, Astronaut, Scientist

Lyman SpitzerLyman Spitzer
26 June 1914
Astronomer, Astrophysicist, Physicist, University
Adam RiessAdam Riess
16 December 1969
Professor
Robert H. DickeRobert H. Dicke
06 May 1916
Astronomer

James Van AllenJames Van Allen
07 September 1914
University professor

Williamina FlemingWilliamina Fleming
15 May 1857
Astronomer

Harlow ShapleyHarlow Shapley
02 November 1885
Astronomer
Thomas GoldThomas Gold
22 May 1920
Professor

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

Amy MainzerAmy Mainzer
02 January 1974
astronomer

Karl Guthe JanskyKarl Guthe Jansky
22 October 1905
Physicist

George Ellery HaleGeorge Ellery Hale
29 June 1868
Astronomer, Journalist
Geoffrey MarcyGeoffrey Marcy
29 September 1954
Astronomer, Physicist, University teacher

Vesto SlipherVesto Slipher
11 November 1875
Astronomer
Guy ConsolmagnoGuy Consolmagno
19 September 1952
Astronomer, School teacher, Writer, Planetary

Seth ShostakSeth Shostak
20 July 1943
Astronomer, Radio personality

Valerie ThomasValerie Thomas
1943 AD
scientist and inventor
Asaph HallAsaph Hall
15 October 1829
American astronomer

Henry Norris RussellHenry Norris Russell
25 October 1877
Astronomer
Edward Emerson BarnardEdward Emerson Barnard
16 December 1857
American astronomer

William Henry PickeringWilliam Henry Pickering
15 February 1858
Astronomer

Scott S. SheppardScott S. Sheppard
1976 AD
Astronomer

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

George F. SmootGeorge F. Smoot
20 February 1945
Cosmologist
Alexei FilippenkoAlexei Filippenko
25 July 1958
Astronomer, Astrophysicist, University teacher

Christian Heinrich Friedrich PetersChristian Heinrich Friedrich Peters
19 September 1813
American-German astronomer

Gerard P. KuiperGerard P. Kuiper
07 December 1905
 

Carl Otto LamplandCarl Otto Lampland
29 December 1873
Astronomer
Gerard K. O'NeillGerard K. O'Neill
06 February 1927
Physicist