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)
Lawrence M. KraussLawrence M. Krauss
(American)
John DeeJohn Dee
(British)

William HerschelWilliam Herschel
(German,British)
Jayant NarlikarJayant Narlikar
(Indian)
Walter LewinWalter Lewin

Joseph-Louis LagrangeJoseph-Louis Lagrange
(French,Italian)
Fred HoyleFred Hoyle
(British)
Aristarchus of SamosAristarchus of Samos
(Greek)

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

Johann Georg FaustJohann Georg Faust
(German)
William Rowan HamiltonWilliam Rowan Hamilton
(Irish)
Jocelyn Bell BurnellJocelyn Bell Burnell
(British)

John HerschelJohn Herschel
(British)
Mary SomervilleMary Somerville
(British,Scottish)
Percival LowellPercival Lowell
(American)

Clyde TombaughClyde Tombaugh
(American)
Henrietta Swan LeavittHenrietta Swan Leavitt
(American)
Cecilia Payne-GaposchkinCecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
(British,American)

Apollonius of PergaApollonius of Perga
(Egyptian)
Karl SchwarzschildKarl Schwarzschild
(German)
Jacob BekensteinJacob Bekenstein
(Israeli,Mexican)

Eudoxus of CnidusEudoxus of Cnidus
(Turkish)
Siméon Denis PoissonSiméon Denis Poisson
(French)
Ulugh BegUlugh Beg
(Iranian)

Fritz ZwickyFritz Zwicky
(Swiss,American)
Ernst ChladniErnst Chladni
(German)
Nicholas of CusaNicholas of Cusa
(German)

Giovanni SchiaparelliGiovanni Schiaparelli
(Italian)
Joseph von FraunhoferJoseph von Fraunhofer
(German)
Philip MelanchthonPhilip Melanchthon
(German)

Frank DrakeFrank Drake
(American)
Michelle ThallerMichelle Thaller
(American)
David BrewsterDavid Brewster
(British,Scottish)

Brian SchmidtBrian Schmidt
(Australian,American)
Amy MainzerAmy Mainzer
(American)
François AragoFrançois Arago
(Spanish,French)

James Van AllenJames Van Allen
(American)
Eric W. WeissteinEric W. Weisstein
(American)
Michael E. BrownMichael E. Brown
(American)

Ole RømerOle Rømer
(Danish)
Eugene Merle ShoemakerEugene Merle Shoemaker
(American)
Roger Joseph BoscovichRoger Joseph Boscovich
(Croatian)

August Ferdinand MöbiusAugust Ferdinand Möbius
(German)
Urbain Le VerrierUrbain Le Verrier
(French)
Charles MasonCharles Mason
(British)

Patrick WilsonPatrick Wilson
(Scottish)
Adolphe QueteletAdolphe Quetelet
(Belgian)
Al-BattaniAl-Battani
(Iraqi)

George Biddell AiryGeorge Biddell Airy
(British)
Friedrich BesselFriedrich Bessel
(German)
Ernst AbbeErnst Abbe