List and biographies of world's most famous astronomers.

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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.

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PtolemyPtolemy
(Egyptian)

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Carl Friedrich GaussCarl Friedrich Gauss
(German)
Giordano BrunoGiordano Bruno
(Italian)
Edwin HubbleEdwin Hubble
(American)

John DeeJohn Dee
(British)
Walter LewinWalter Lewin
Jocelyn Bell BurnellJocelyn Bell Burnell
(British)

Patrick MoorePatrick Moore
(Canadian,British)
Lawrence M. KraussLawrence M. Krauss
(American)
Joseph-Louis LagrangeJoseph-Louis Lagrange
(French,Italian)

Aristarchus of SamosAristarchus of Samos
(Greek)
Cecilia Payne-GaposchkinCecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
(British,American)
Clyde TombaughClyde Tombaugh
(American)

Percival LowellPercival Lowell
(American)
Johann Georg FaustJohann Georg Faust
(German)
Jayant NarlikarJayant Narlikar
(Indian)

Gerolamo CardanoGerolamo Cardano
(Italian)
William Rowan HamiltonWilliam Rowan Hamilton
(Irish)
Fred HoyleFred Hoyle
(British)

Max TegmarkMax Tegmark
(Swedish,American)
John HerschelJohn Herschel
(British)
Mary SomervilleMary Somerville
(British,Scottish)

Apollonius of PergaApollonius of Perga
(Egyptian)
Karl SchwarzschildKarl Schwarzschild
(German)
Eudoxus of CnidusEudoxus of Cnidus
(Turkish)

Ernst ChladniErnst Chladni
(German)
Frank DrakeFrank Drake
(American)
Ulugh BegUlugh Beg
(Iranian)

Siméon Denis PoissonSiméon Denis Poisson
(French)
Philip MelanchthonPhilip Melanchthon
(German)
Nicholas of CusaNicholas of Cusa
(German)

Eric W. WeissteinEric W. Weisstein
(American)
Eugene Merle ShoemakerEugene Merle Shoemaker
(American)
Michelle ThallerMichelle Thaller
(American)

Riccardo GiacconiRiccardo Giacconi
(Italian)
Fritz ZwickyFritz Zwicky
(Swiss,American)
Guillaume Le GentilGuillaume Le Gentil
(French)

François AragoFrançois Arago
(Spanish,French)
Michael E. BrownMichael E. Brown
(American)
Brian SchmidtBrian Schmidt
(Australian,American)

James Van AllenJames Van Allen
(American)
David BrewsterDavid Brewster
(British,Scottish)
Pierre GassendiPierre Gassendi
(French)

Ole RømerOle Rømer
(Danish)
Jan OortJan Oort
(Dutch)
Joseph von FraunhoferJoseph von Fraunhofer
(German)

Su SongSu Song
(Chinese)
Patrick WilsonPatrick Wilson
(Scottish)
Adolphe QueteletAdolphe Quetelet
(Belgian)

Ernst AbbeErnst Abbe
Amy MainzerAmy Mainzer
(American)
Roger Joseph BoscovichRoger Joseph Boscovich
(Croatian)

Urbain Le VerrierUrbain Le Verrier
(French)
Camille FlammarionCamille Flammarion
(French)
Charles MasonCharles Mason
(British)