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.

John DeeJohn Dee
(British)
Carl Friedrich GaussCarl Friedrich Gauss
(German)

Edwin HubbleEdwin Hubble
(American)

Walter LewinWalter Lewin

William HerschelWilliam Herschel
(German,British)
Lawrence M. KraussLawrence M. Krauss
(American)

Geoffrey MarcyGeoffrey Marcy
(American)
Joseph-Louis LagrangeJoseph-Louis Lagrange
(French,Italian)

Aristarchus of SamosAristarchus of Samos
(Greek)

Jocelyn Bell BurnellJocelyn Bell Burnell
(British)

Patrick WilsonPatrick Wilson
(Scottish)
Fred HoyleFred Hoyle
(British)

William Rowan HamiltonWilliam Rowan Hamilton
Clyde TombaughClyde Tombaugh
(American)

Gerolamo CardanoGerolamo Cardano
(Italian)

David BrewsterDavid Brewster
(British,Scottish)

Giovanni Alfonso BorelliGiovanni Alfonso Borelli
(Italian)
Percival LowellPercival Lowell
(American)

Max TegmarkMax Tegmark
(Swedish,American)
Fritz ZwickyFritz Zwicky
(Swiss,American)

Siméon Denis PoissonSiméon Denis Poisson
(French)

Jayant NarlikarJayant Narlikar
(Indian)

Kathleen OllerenshawKathleen Ollerenshaw
(British)
Philip MelanchthonPhilip Melanchthon
(German)

Brian SchmidtBrian Schmidt
(Australian,American)
Henrietta Swan LeavittHenrietta Swan Leavitt
(American)

Johann Georg FaustJohann Georg Faust
(German)

Joseph von FraunhoferJoseph von Fraunhofer
(German)

Karl SchwarzschildKarl Schwarzschild
Nicholas of CusaNicholas of Cusa
(German)

Cecilia Payne-GaposchkinCecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
(British,American)
Mary SomervilleMary Somerville
(British,Scottish)

Ernst AbbeErnst Abbe

Ulugh BegUlugh Beg
(Iranian)

Johann Gottfried GalleJohann Gottfried Galle
(German,Polish)
Ernst ChladniErnst Chladni
(German)

Giovanni SchiaparelliGiovanni Schiaparelli
(Italian)
Pierre JanssenPierre Janssen
(French)

August Ferdinand MöbiusAugust Ferdinand Möbius
(German)

Roger Joseph BoscovichRoger Joseph Boscovich

Amy MainzerAmy Mainzer
(American)
Eric W. WeissteinEric W. Weisstein
(American)

Pierre GassendiPierre Gassendi
(French)
Michael E. BrownMichael E. Brown
(American)

François AragoFrançois Arago
(Spanish,French)

Simon NewcombSimon Newcomb
(Canadian,American)

Jan OortJan Oort
Charles MasonCharles Mason
(British)

Urbain Le VerrierUrbain Le Verrier
(French)
Lyman SpitzerLyman Spitzer
(American)

Ole RømerOle Rømer
(Danish)

Philipp MelanchthonPhilipp Melanchthon
(German)

George DarwinGeorge Darwin
(British)
Jacob BekensteinJacob Bekenstein
(Israeli,Mexican)

Jean Sylvain BaillyJean Sylvain Bailly
(French)
George Biddell AiryGeorge Biddell Airy

Nathaniel BowditchNathaniel Bowditch
(American)

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