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.
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 1 Galileo Galilei

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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: February 15, 1564
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: January 8, 1642

An Italian astronomer, engineer, and physicist, Galileo Galilei is widely regarded as the father of observational astronomy, the father of the scientific method, the father of modern physics, and the father of modern science. He is credited with popularizing the telescope, which changed the course of history.

 2 Carl Sagan

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Famous As: Astronomer, Astrophysicist, Writer
Birthdate: November 9, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: December 20, 1996
Pulitzer- and Emmy-winning astrophysicist and author Carl Sagan was best known for co-writing the TV series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. His novel Contact was adapted into a film. He was known for his extensive research on extra-terrestrial life, had taught at major universities, and written countless papers and science books.

 3 Nicolaus Copernicus

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Birthdate: February 19, 1473
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Polish
Died: May 24, 1543

Nicolaus Copernicus was a mathematician and astronomer. He is credited with formulating Heliocentrism, which led to the Copernican Revolution. Although Aristarchus of Samos had formulated Heliocentrism 18 centuries earlier, Copernicus was responsible for popularizing it. Copernicus is also credited with formulating an economic principle, which was later called Gresham's law.

 4 Archimedes

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Famous As: Mathematician, Engineer, Inventor, Physicist, Astronomer
Birthdate: 0287 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0212 BC
Greek mathematician, physicist, and astronomer Archimedes is remembered for his contribution to mathematics, especially geometry. He laid down theorems related to the area of a circle, and the area and volume of a sphere, and reached an accurate value of pi. He also invented machines such as the screw pump.
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 5 Aryabhata

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Birthdate: 0476 AD
Nationality: Indian
Died: 0550 AD
Indian mathematician and astronomer Aryabhata pioneered the concept of “zero” and used it in his “place value system.” He had also worked on the approximation of pi and laid down the basic concepts of trigonometry, such as sine and cosine. He also mentioned that the Earth rotates on its axis.

 6 Avicenna

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Famous As: Persian Plymath
Birthdate: 0980 AD
Nationality:
Died: May 31, 1037
Renowned as father of early modern medicine, Avicenna was an illustrious Persian polymath. He is specifically distingusihed for his contributions in the fields of medicine and Aristotelian philisophy. He is best-known for his works namely, The Canon of Medicine and The Book of Healing. The corpus of his writings also include alchemy, geology, psychology, geography, physics, poetry and Islamic theology.
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 7 Hypatia

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Famous As: Mathematician, Philosopher, Astronomer, Writer
Birthdate: 0370 AD
Nationality: Ancient Roman
Died: 0415 AD
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 8 Claudius Ptolemy

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Famous As: Astronomer, Cartographer & Mathematician
Birthdate: 0090 AD
Nationality: Ancient Roman
Died: 0168 AD
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 9 Ptolemy

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 0100 AD
Nationality: Egyptian
Died: 0168 AD

 10 Johannes Kepler

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Famous As: Astronomer, Mathematician & Astrologer
Birthdate: December 27, 1571
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German
Died: November 15, 1630
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 11 Carl F. Gauss

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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: April 30, 1777
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: February 23, 1855

 12 Carl Friedrich Gauss

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Famous As: Mathematician, Geophysicist, Astronomer, Science writer, Physicist, Geodesist, University teacher
Birthdate: April 30, 1777
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: February 23, 1855
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 13 Robert Hooke

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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: July 28, 1635
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: March 3, 1703

 14 Tycho Brahe

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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: December 14, 1546
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Danish
Died: October 24, 1601
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 15 Walter Lewin

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Famous As: Astronomer, University teacher, Astrophysicist, Physicist
Birthdate: January 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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 16 Thales of Miletus

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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: 0626 AD
Nationality: Turkish
Died: 0548 AD

 17 Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

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Famous As: Astronomer, University teacher
Birthdate: May 10, 1900
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British, American
Died: December 7, 1979

 18 Edwin Powell Hubble

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Famous As: Astronomer & Mathematician
Birthdate: November 20, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: September 28, 1953
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 19 Ibn-al-Haytham

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Famous As: Scientist, Physicist, Mathematician
Birthdate: July 1, 0965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Iraqi
Died: March 6, 1040

 20 Brahmagupta

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Famous As: Mathematician and Astronomer
Birthdate: 0598 AD
Nationality: Indian
Died: 0670 AD

 21 Pierre-Simon Laplace

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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: March 23, 1749
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French
Died: March 5, 1827

 22 Georges Lemaître

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Famous As: Scientist & Priest
Birthdate: July 17, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Belgian
Died: June 20, 1966
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 23 Christiaan Huygens

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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: April 14, 1629
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Dutch
Died: July 8, 1695

 24 Jabir Ibn Hayyan

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Famous As: Alchemist
Birthdate: 0721 AD
Nationality: Iranian
Died: 0815 AD
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 25 William Herschel

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Famous As: Astronomer, Composer
Birthdate: November 15, 1738
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German, British
Died: August 21, 1822

 26 Sir Christopher Wren

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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: October 20, 1632
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: February 25, 1723

 27 Lawrence M. Krauss

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Famous As: Astronomer, Physicist, Astrophysicist, Academic, Non-fiction writer, University teacher, Theoretical physicist
Birthdate: May 27, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 28 James Glaisher

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Famous As: Meteorologists
Birthdate: April 7, 1809
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: February 7, 1903
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 29 Benjamin Banneker

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Famous As: Compiler of Almanacs
Birthdate: November 9, 1731
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: October 9, 1806

 30 Aristarchus of Samos

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Birthdate: 0000 BC
Nationality: Greek
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 31 J. Allen Hynek

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Famous As: Astronomer, Ufologist
Birthdate: May 1, 1910
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: April 27, 1986

 32 Clyde Tombaugh

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Famous As: Astronomer, University teacher
Birthdate: February 4, 1906
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: January 17, 1997

 33 Joseph-Louis Lagrange

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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: January 25, 1736
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French, Italian
Died: April 10, 1813

 34 Jocelyn Bell Burnell

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Famous As: Astronomer, Astrophysicist
Birthdate: July 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 35 Edmond Halley

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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: November 8, 1656
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: January 14, 1742

 36 Johann Georg Faust

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Famous As: astrologer, astronomer
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Nationality: German
Died: 1540 AD

 37 Varahamihira

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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: 0505 AD
Nationality: Indian
Died: 0587 AD

 38 Hipparchus

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Famous As: Astronomer & Mathematician
Birthdate: 0190 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0120 BC

 39 Arthur Eddington

Arthur Eddington
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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: December 28, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: November 22, 1944

 40 Gerolamo Cardano

Gerolamo Cardano
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Famous As: Polymath
Birthdate: September 24, 1501
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian
Died: September 21, 1576

 41 Anders Celsius

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Famous As: Astronomer, Physicist, Mathematician
Birthdate: November 27, 1701
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Swedish
Died: April 25, 1744

 42 Sir William Rowan Hamilton

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Famous As: Physicist, Astronomer and Mathematician
Birthdate: August 4, 1805
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Irish
Died: September 2, 1865

 43 Fred Hoyle

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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: June 24, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: August 20, 2001

 44 Max Tegmark

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Famous As: Physicist, Astronomer, Astrophysicist
Birthdate: May 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Swedish, American

 45 Ulugh Beg

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Famous As: astronomer, mathematician, calligrapher, astrologer
Birthdate: March 22, 1394
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Iranian
Died: October 27, 1449

 46 Mary Somerville

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Famous As: Mathematician, Linguist, Translator, Astronomer, Scientist
Birthdate: December 26, 1780
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British, Scottish
Died: November 28, 1872

 47 Henrietta Swan Leavitt

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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: July 4, 1868
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: December 12, 1921

 48 Mikhail Lomonosov

Mikhail Lomonosov
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Famous As: Scientist, Poet, Geologist, Astronomer
Birthdate: November 19, 1711
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Russian
Died: April 15, 1765

 49 Karl Schwarzschild

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Famous As: Physicist, Astronomer, Astrophysicist, University teacher, Mathematician
Birthdate: October 9, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German
Died: May 11, 1916

 50 John Herschel

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Famous As: Polymath
Birthdate: March 7, 1792
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: May 11, 1871
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