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.

Carl Friedrich GaussCarl Friedrich Gauss
(German)
PtolemyPtolemy
(Egyptian)
Giordano BrunoGiordano Bruno
(Italian)

Edwin HubbleEdwin Hubble
(American)
John DeeJohn Dee
(British)
William HerschelWilliam Herschel
(German,British)

Lawrence M. KraussLawrence M. Krauss
(American)
Walter LewinWalter Lewin
Joseph-Louis LagrangeJoseph-Louis Lagrange
(French,Italian)

Aristarchus of SamosAristarchus of Samos
(Greek)
Fred HoyleFred Hoyle
(British)
Guillaume Le GentilGuillaume Le Gentil
(French)

Gerolamo CardanoGerolamo Cardano
(Italian)
Patrick MoorePatrick Moore
(Canadian,British)
Max TegmarkMax Tegmark
(Swedish,American)

Johann Georg FaustJohann Georg Faust
(German)
William Rowan HamiltonWilliam Rowan Hamilton
(Irish)
Jayant NarlikarJayant Narlikar
(Indian)

Jocelyn Bell BurnellJocelyn Bell Burnell
(British)
Ernst ChladniErnst Chladni
(German)
Percival LowellPercival Lowell
(American)

Clyde TombaughClyde Tombaugh
(American)
John HerschelJohn Herschel
(British)
Ulugh BegUlugh Beg
(Iranian)

Mary SomervilleMary Somerville
(British,Scottish)
Apollonius of PergaApollonius of Perga
(Egyptian)
Henrietta Swan LeavittHenrietta Swan Leavitt
(American)

Eudoxus of CnidusEudoxus of Cnidus
(Turkish)
Giovanni SchiaparelliGiovanni Schiaparelli
(Italian)
Frank DrakeFrank Drake
(American)

Siméon Denis PoissonSiméon Denis Poisson
(French)
Karl SchwarzschildKarl Schwarzschild
(German)
Nicholas of CusaNicholas of Cusa
(German)

Joseph von FraunhoferJoseph von Fraunhofer
(German)
Cecilia Payne-GaposchkinCecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
(British,American)
Philip MelanchthonPhilip Melanchthon
(German)

Fritz ZwickyFritz Zwicky
(Swiss,American)
Brian SchmidtBrian Schmidt
(Australian,American)
David BrewsterDavid Brewster
(British,Scottish)

Patrick WilsonPatrick Wilson
(Scottish)
Michelle ThallerMichelle Thaller
(American)
François AragoFrançois Arago
(Spanish,French)

Eric W. WeissteinEric W. Weisstein
(American)
Su SongSu Song
(Chinese)
Roger Joseph BoscovichRoger Joseph Boscovich
(Croatian)

Amy MainzerAmy Mainzer
(American)
Eugene Merle ShoemakerEugene Merle Shoemaker
(American)
Michael E. BrownMichael E. Brown
(American)

James Van AllenJames Van Allen
(American)
Ole RømerOle Rømer
(Danish)
Charles MasonCharles Mason
(British)

Al-BattaniAl-Battani
(Iraqi)
Urbain Le VerrierUrbain Le Verrier
(French)
Ernst AbbeErnst Abbe

August Ferdinand MöbiusAugust Ferdinand Möbius
(German)
Simon NewcombSimon Newcomb
(Canadian,American)
Camille FlammarionCamille Flammarion
(French)