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.

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)
Cecilia Payne-GaposchkinCecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
(British,American)

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

Aristarchus of SamosAristarchus of Samos
(Greek)
Patrick MoorePatrick Moore
(Canadian,British)
Jayant NarlikarJayant Narlikar
(Indian)

Johann Georg FaustJohann Georg Faust
(German)
Fred HoyleFred Hoyle
(British)
William Rowan HamiltonWilliam Rowan Hamilton
(Irish)

Percival LowellPercival Lowell
(American)
Max TegmarkMax Tegmark
(Swedish,American)
Gerolamo CardanoGerolamo Cardano
(Italian)

Clyde TombaughClyde Tombaugh
(American)
John HerschelJohn Herschel
(British)
Mary SomervilleMary Somerville
(British,Scottish)

Apollonius of PergaApollonius of Perga
(Egyptian)
Eudoxus of CnidusEudoxus of Cnidus
(Turkish)
Frank DrakeFrank Drake
(American)

Ulugh BegUlugh Beg
(Iranian)
Siméon Denis PoissonSiméon Denis Poisson
(French)
Philip MelanchthonPhilip Melanchthon
(German)

Ernst ChladniErnst Chladni
(German)
Karl SchwarzschildKarl Schwarzschild
(German)
Nicholas of CusaNicholas of Cusa
(German)

Fritz ZwickyFritz Zwicky
(Swiss,American)
Eric W. WeissteinEric W. Weisstein
(American)
Eugene Merle ShoemakerEugene Merle Shoemaker
(American)

François AragoFrançois Arago
(Spanish,French)
Guillaume Le GentilGuillaume Le Gentil
(French)
Joseph von FraunhoferJoseph von Fraunhofer
(German)

Michelle ThallerMichelle Thaller
(American)
Brian SchmidtBrian Schmidt
(Australian,American)
Ole RømerOle Rømer
(Danish)

Michael E. BrownMichael E. Brown
(American)
David BrewsterDavid Brewster
(British,Scottish)
James Van AllenJames Van Allen
(American)

Adolphe QueteletAdolphe Quetelet
(Belgian)
Ernst AbbeErnst Abbe
Pierre GassendiPierre Gassendi
(French)

Charles MasonCharles Mason
(British)
Roger Joseph BoscovichRoger Joseph Boscovich
(Croatian)
August Ferdinand MöbiusAugust Ferdinand Möbius
(German)

Jean Sylvain BaillyJean Sylvain Bailly
(French)
Al-BattaniAl-Battani
(Iraqi)
Urbain Le VerrierUrbain Le Verrier
(French)

Nathaniel BowditchNathaniel Bowditch
(American)
Su SongSu Song
(Chinese)
Simon NewcombSimon Newcomb
(Canadian,American)