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.

Jocelyn Bell BurnellJocelyn Bell Burnell
(British)
PtolemyPtolemy
(Egyptian)
Carl Friedrich GaussCarl Friedrich Gauss
(German)

Giordano BrunoGiordano Bruno
(Italian)
Edwin HubbleEdwin Hubble
(American)
John DeeJohn Dee
(British)

William HerschelWilliam Herschel
(German,British)
Lawrence M. KraussLawrence M. Krauss
(American)
Aristarchus of SamosAristarchus of Samos
(Greek)

Joseph-Louis LagrangeJoseph-Louis Lagrange
(French,Italian)
Guillaume Le GentilGuillaume Le Gentil
(French)
Walter LewinWalter Lewin

Fred HoyleFred Hoyle
(British)
William Rowan HamiltonWilliam Rowan Hamilton
(Irish)
Jayant NarlikarJayant Narlikar
(Indian)

Max TegmarkMax Tegmark
(Swedish,American)
Patrick MoorePatrick Moore
(Canadian,British)
Johann Georg FaustJohann Georg Faust
(German)

Gerolamo CardanoGerolamo Cardano
(Italian)
Clyde TombaughClyde Tombaugh
(American)
Ernst ChladniErnst Chladni
(German)

John HerschelJohn Herschel
(British)
Henrietta Swan LeavittHenrietta Swan Leavitt
(American)
Apollonius of PergaApollonius of Perga
(Egyptian)

Ulugh BegUlugh Beg
(Iranian)
Cecilia Payne-GaposchkinCecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
(British,American)
Eudoxus of CnidusEudoxus of Cnidus
(Turkish)

Mary SomervilleMary Somerville
(British,Scottish)
Percival LowellPercival Lowell
(American)
Frank DrakeFrank Drake
(American)

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

Fritz ZwickyFritz Zwicky
(Swiss,American)
Karl SchwarzschildKarl Schwarzschild
(German)
Michelle ThallerMichelle Thaller
(American)

François AragoFrançois Arago
(Spanish,French)
Brian SchmidtBrian Schmidt
(Australian,American)
Joseph von FraunhoferJoseph von Fraunhofer
(German)

David BrewsterDavid Brewster
(British,Scottish)
Eric W. WeissteinEric W. Weisstein
(American)
Michael E. BrownMichael E. Brown
(American)

James Van AllenJames Van Allen
(American)
Eugene Merle ShoemakerEugene Merle Shoemaker
(American)
Ole RømerOle Rømer
(Danish)

Patrick WilsonPatrick Wilson
(Scottish)
Roger Joseph BoscovichRoger Joseph Boscovich
(Croatian)
Charles MasonCharles Mason
(British)

Amy MainzerAmy Mainzer
(American)
Ernst AbbeErnst Abbe
Nathaniel BowditchNathaniel Bowditch
(American)

Al-BattaniAl-Battani
(Iraqi)
Adolphe QueteletAdolphe Quetelet
(Belgian)
Su SongSu Song
(Chinese)

August Ferdinand MöbiusAugust Ferdinand Möbius
(German)
Urbain Le VerrierUrbain Le Verrier
(French)
Simon NewcombSimon Newcomb
(Canadian,American)