Astronomy in Britain goes back to the prehistoric times. British astronomers were engaged in observation and theory since times immemorial and through their ground-breaking and revolutionary research made some outstanding discoveries about the world that was beyond human comprehension for a long time. It were the English who discovered and developed new methods, theories, established facts and measured astronomic distances. William Herschel was a British astronomer of the 18th century who discovered Uranus and its two brightest moos, Titania and Oberon. His sister Caroline Herschel became the first woman astronomer to discover a comet. In her life, she discovered numerous comets. Helium gas owes its existence to Englishman Sir Joseph Lockyer who discovered its presence in the solar spectrum. British astronomer Antony Hewish was awarded Nobel Prize for his research group that discovered the first pulsar. Other popular British astronomers include Arthur S. Eddington, Sir Fred Hoyle, E Margaret Burbridge, Sir Roger Penrose and so on. Their invaluable work on astronomy has helped us better understand the universe, our solar system, sun, moon and of course our planet earth. Check this segment to find out in detail about the life, profile and works of famous British astronomers.
Robert HookeRobert Hooke

28 July 1635

William HerschelWilliam Herschel

15 November 1738

Edmond HalleyEdmond Halley

08 November 1656

Arthur EddingtonArthur Eddington

28 December 1882

Antony HewishAntony Hewish

11 May 1924

William GilbertWilliam Gilbert

24 May 1544

Martin RyleMartin Ryle

27 September 1918

Sir Christopher WrenSir Christopher Wren

20 October 1632

John DeeJohn Dee

13 July 1527

Patrick MoorePatrick Moore

1947 AD

Jocelyn Bell BurnellJocelyn Bell Burnell

15 July 1943

Cecilia Payne-GaposchkinCecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

10 May 1900

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John HerschelJohn Herschel

07 March 1792

Fred HoyleFred Hoyle

24 June 1915

Mary SomervilleMary Somerville

26 December 1780

David BrewsterDavid Brewster

11 December 1781

Charles MasonCharles Mason

31 March 1728

George Biddell AiryGeorge Biddell Airy

27 July 1801

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George DarwinGeorge Darwin

09 July 1845

John FlamsteedJohn Flamsteed

19 August 1646

John Couch AdamsJohn Couch Adams

05 June 1819

James NasmythJames Nasmyth

19 August 1808

Bernard LovellBernard Lovell

31 August 1913

Jeremiah HorrocksJeremiah Horrocks

1617 AD

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William LassellWilliam Lassell

18 June 1799

David C. JewittDavid C. Jewitt

1958 AD

Edward BernardEdward Bernard

1638 AD

Alexander WilsonAlexander Wilson

1714 AD

Kathleen OllerenshawKathleen Ollerenshaw

01 October 1912

John Russell HindJohn Russell Hind

12 May 1823