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
Astronomer, Composer

Edmond HalleyEdmond Halley
08 November 1656

Arthur EddingtonArthur Eddington
28 December 1882

Antony HewishAntony Hewish
11 May 1924
Radio Astronomer

William GilbertWilliam Gilbert
24 May 1544
Astronomer, Physicist and Physician
Martin RyleMartin Ryle
27 September 1918

Sir Christopher WrenSir Christopher Wren
20 October 1632

John DeeJohn Dee
13 July 1527
Philosopher, Mathematician, Astronomer, Writer,

Patrick MoorePatrick Moore
1947 AD
Jocelyn Bell BurnellJocelyn Bell Burnell
15 July 1943
Astronomer, Astrophysicist

Fred HoyleFred Hoyle
24 June 1915
Screenwriter, Astronomer, Writer, Physicist,
John HerschelJohn Herschel
07 March 1792
Polymath, Mathematician, Astronomer, Chemist,

Cecilia Payne-GaposchkinCecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
10 May 1900
Astronomer, University teacher

Mary SomervilleMary Somerville
26 December 1780
Mathematician, Linguist, Translator, Astronomer,
David BrewsterDavid Brewster
11 December 1781
Botanist, Civil engineer, Physicist, Engineer,

Charles MasonCharles Mason
31 March 1728
John Couch AdamsJohn Couch Adams
05 June 1819
Mathematician, Astronomer, University teacher

George DarwinGeorge Darwin
09 July 1845
Mathematician, Astronomer

George Biddell AiryGeorge Biddell Airy
27 July 1801
Mathematician, Astronomer, Physicist, University
John FlamsteedJohn Flamsteed
19 August 1646

James NasmythJames Nasmyth
19 August 1808
Astronomer, Engineer
Bernard LovellBernard Lovell
31 August 1913
Astronomer, Physicist

Jeremiah HorrocksJeremiah Horrocks
1617 AD
astronomer, mathematician

David C. JewittDavid C. Jewitt
1958 AD

William LassellWilliam Lassell
18 June 1799
Merchant ,Astronomer
Alexander WilsonAlexander Wilson
1714 AD
Edward BernardEdward Bernard
1638 AD

Kathleen OllerenshawKathleen Ollerenshaw
01 October 1912
Mathematician, Astronomer, Politician, Author,

John Russell HindJohn Russell Hind
12 May 1823