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    Famous Astronomers and Notable Contributions





    Famous Astronomers
    Tycho Brahe (1546 - 1601), Danish nobleman and astronomer: significant observations without a telescope.

    Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642), Italian physicist, mathematician and astronomer: by constructing telescopes he greatly enlarged humanity's vision and conception of the universe.

    Johannes Kepler (1571 - 1630), German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer: the originator of the Kepler's laws.

    William Herschel (1738 - 1822), German-British astronomer: discovered the planet Uranus and infrared radiation.

    Clyde Thombaugh (1906 - 1997), American astronomer: the discoverer of dwarf planet pluto.

    Nicholas Copernicus (1473 - 1543), Polish astronomer: discovered that the earth revolved annually around the sun.

    Edmund Halley (1656 - 1742), English astronomer and geophysicist: the first to calculate a comet's orbit.

    Maria Mitchell (1818 - 1889), American astronomer: the first American woman to work as a professional astronomer; discovered the "Miss Mitchell's Comet".

    Claudius Ptolemy (90 AD - 168 AD), ancient Egyptian astronomer and mathematicians: most of his astronomical theories were later proved wrong.

    Sir Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727), English physicist, mathematician and astronomer: contributed to the unification of physics and astronomy.

    Edwin Hubble (1889 - 1953), American astronomer: the first that detected that the universe is expanding.


    Astronomy Biographies

    Astronomers - Elementary School / Middle School Level
    Hall of Astronomers - Enchanted Learning
    Windows to the Universe - NASA
    Hear the Space Pioneers: To The Moon - PBS
    Famous Astronomers - space.com
    7 Famous Astronomers You Should Know, And Why - Discovery
    Famous Astronomers

    Astronomers - Middle School /High School Level
    The Encyclopedia of Astrobiology, Astronomy, and Spaceflight - David J. Darling
    Astronomers - biography.com
    List of astronomers - Wikipedia

    Astronomers - High School Level
    The Bruce Medalists
    Famous Astronomers and Astrophysicists
    Astronomers - Cartage
    Deep Sky Astronomers

    Astronomers - High School / College Level
    Cosmology and Cosmologists - The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
    History of Astronomy: Persons - Bonn University

    Astronomy Timelines
    Infrared Astronomy Timeline - Cool Cosmos
    A Brief History of High-Energy Astronomy - NASA
    Star Quest - Thinkquest

    Astronomers and Astronomy on Stamps and Images
    Sci-Philately - Buffalo University
    Nicolaus Copernicus
    Meteorite Stamps and Coins
    Space and Astronomy Stamps
    Celebrating 40 years of Yuri Gagarin - The Astro Space Stamp Society




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