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

Josef Allen HynekJ. Allen Hynek

01 May 1910

Benjamin BannekerBenjamin Banneker

09 November 1731

Annie Jump CannonAnnie Jump Cannon

11 December 1863

Maria MitchellMaria Mitchell

01 August 1818

Edwin Powell HubbleEdwin Powell Hubble

20 November 1889

Edwin HubbleEdwin Hubble

20 November 1889

Lawrence M. KraussLawrence M. Krauss

27 May 1954

Cecilia Payne-GaposchkinCecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

10 May 1900

Clyde TombaughClyde Tombaugh

04 February 1906

Max TegmarkMax Tegmark

05 May 1967

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Percival LowellPercival Lowell

13 March 1855

Michelle ThallerMichelle Thaller

Valerie ThomasValerie Thomas

1943 AD

Fritz ZwickyFritz Zwicky

14 February 1898

Frank DrakeFrank Drake

28 May 1930

Eugene Merle ShoemakerEugene Merle Shoemaker

28 April 1928

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Brian SchmidtBrian Schmidt

24 February 1967

Michael E. BrownMichael E. Brown

05 June 1965

Eric W. WeissteinEric W. Weisstein

18 March 1969

James Van AllenJames Van Allen

07 September 1914

Amy MainzerAmy Mainzer

02 January 1974

Simon NewcombSimon Newcomb

12 March 1835

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Nathaniel BowditchNathaniel Bowditch

26 March 1773

Harlow ShapleyHarlow Shapley

02 November 1885

Karl Gordon HenizeKarl Gordon Henize

17 October 1926

George Ellery HaleGeorge Ellery Hale

29 June 1868

Lyman SpitzerLyman Spitzer

26 June 1914

Vesto SlipherVesto Slipher

11 November 1875

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Guy ConsolmagnoGuy Consolmagno

19 September 1952

Henry Norris RussellHenry Norris Russell

25 October 1877

Seth ShostakSeth Shostak

20 July 1943

Asaph HallAsaph Hall

15 October 1829

Geoffrey MarcyGeoffrey Marcy

29 September 1954

Edward Emerson BarnardEdward Emerson Barnard

16 December 1857

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Scott S. SheppardScott S. Sheppard

1976 AD

William Henry PickeringWilliam Henry Pickering

15 February 1858

Joseph Hooton Taylor, Jr.Joseph Hooton Taylor, Jr.

29 March 1941

Christian Heinrich Friedrich PetersChristian Heinrich Friedrich Peters

19 September 1813

Alexei FilippenkoAlexei Filippenko

25 July 1958

Carl Otto LamplandCarl Otto Lampland

29 December 1873

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Gerard P. KuiperGerard P. Kuiper

07 December 1905