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Royal Astronomical Society

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION

"The Royal Astronomical Society, founded in 1820, encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science." Total membership, 3500 fellows.

Official Website:
http://www.ras.org.uk/

Location:
London, England

Founding Date:
1820

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
John Couch Adams
Astronomer
5-Jun-1819 21-Jan-1892 Discovered planet Neptune
Walter S. Adams
Astronomer
20-Dec-1876 11-May-1956 Long-time director of Mt. Wilson Observatory
George Biddell Airy
Astronomer
27-Jul-1801 2-Jan-1892 British Astronomer Royal
Walter Baade
Astronomer
24-Mar-1893 25-Jun-1960 German-American observational astronomer
Charles Babbage
Mathematician
26-Dec-1791 18-Oct-1871 Inventor of the Difference Engine
Harold D. Babcock
Astronomer
24-Jan-1882 8-Apr-1968 Solar radiation
Alexander Dallas Bache
Physicist
19-Jul-1806 17-Feb-1867 First President, National Academy of Sciences
Francis Baily
Astronomer
28-Apr-1774 30-Aug-1844 First to observe Baily's Beads
Alec Boksenberg
Astronomer
18-Mar-1936   Image Photon Counting System
John G. Bolton
Astronomer
5-Jun-1922 6-Jul-1993 First Director of Parkes Observatory
Steve Bourne
Computer Programmer
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Dirk Brouwer
Astronomer
1-Sep-1902 31-Jan-1966 Celestial mechanics
Ernest W. Brown
Astronomer
29-Nov-1866 22-Jul-1938 Tables of the Motion of the Moon
Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Astronomer
15-Jul-1943   Co-Discoverer of pulsars
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
Astronomer
19-Oct-1910 21-Aug-1995 Evolutionary stages of stars
Sydney Chapman
Mathematician
29-Jan-1888 16-Jun-1970 Geomagnetism
Arthur C. Clarke
Novelist
16-Dec-1917 19-Mar-2008 2001: A Space Odyssey
Thomas George Cowling
Mathematician
17-Jun-1906 16-Jun-1990 Cowling model
George Darwin
Astronomer
9-Jul-1845 7-Dec-1912 Evolution of the Sun-Earth-Moon system
Augustus De Morgan
Mathematician
27-Jun-1806 18-Mar-1871 De Morgan's Laws
Henri Alexandre Deslandres
Astronomer
24-Jul-1853 15-Jan-1948 Spectroheliograph
Frank W. Dyson
Astronomer
8-Jan-1868 25-May-1939 Six pips on the BBC
Arthur Eddington
Astronomer
28-Dec-1882 22-Nov-1944 Eddington luminosity
George Everest
Explorer
4-Jul-1790 1-Dec-1866 Namesake of Mt. Everest
Alfred Fowler
Astronomer
22-Mar-1868 24-Jun-1940 Celestial spectroscopy
William A. Fowler
Astronomer
9-Aug-1911 14-Mar-1995 Element generation within stars
Riccardo Giacconi
Astronomer
6-Oct-1931   Discovered cosmic X-ray sources
Robert R. Gilruth
Engineer
18-Oct-1913 17-Aug-2000 NASA scientist
Jesse L. Greenstein
Astronomer
15-Oct-1909 21-Oct-2002 Co-Discoverer of quasars
Stephen Groombridge
Astronomer
7-Jan-1755 30-Mar-1832 A Catalogue of Circumpolar Stars
Otto Heckmann
Astronomer
23-Jun-1901 13-May-1983 Investigated cosmic expansion
Louis Henyey
Astronomer
3-Feb-1910 18-Feb-1970 Henyey method
John Herschel
Astronomer
7-Mar-1792 11-May-1871 Discovered many moons of Saturn
Ejnar Hertzsprung
Astronomer
8-Oct-1873 21-Oct-1967 Hertzsprung-Russell diagram
Raymond Hide
Physicist
17-May-1929   Earth's rotation
George W. Hill
Astronomer
3-Mar-1838 16-Apr-1914 A New Theorie of Jupiter and Saturn
Fred Hoyle
Astronomer
24-Jun-1915 20-Aug-2001 Opposed the Big Bang but named it
Edwin Hubble
Astronomer
20-Nov-1889 28-Sep-1953 Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble's Law
George Isaak
Astronomer
7-Mar-1933 5-Jun-2005 Resonant scattering spectroscopy
James H. Jeans
Astronomer
11-Sep-1877 16-Sep-1946 Continuous creation theory
James E. Keeler
Astronomer
10-Sep-1857 12-Aug-1900 Composition of Saturn's rings
Armin O. Leuschner
Astronomer
16-Jan-1868 22-Apr-1953 Astronomer at Berkeley
Bertil Lindblad
Astronomer
26-Nov-1895 25-Jun-1965 Spiral structure of the galaxy
Alfred Lee Loomis
Physicist
4-Nov-1887 1-Aug-1975 Millionaire scientist
Bernard Lovell
Astronomer
31-Aug-1913 6-Aug-2012 Radio astronomer at Jodrell Bank
Donald Lynden-Bell
Astronomer
5-Apr-1935   Astrophysicist at Cambridge
Paul W. Merrill
Astronomer
15-Aug-1887 19-Jul-1961 S-process of nucleosynthesis
Albert A. Michelson
Physicist
19-Dec-1852 9-May-1931 Measured the speed of light
E. Arthur Milne
Mathematician
14-Feb-1896 21-Sep-1950 Kinematic relativity
Rudolph Minkowski
Astronomer
28-May-1895 4-Jan-1976 Galaxies in collision
Marcel Minnaert
Astronomer
12-Feb-1893 26-Oct-1970 Solar spectrophotometry
Charlotte E. Moore
Astronomer
24-Sep-1898 3-Mar-1990 Technetium in the Sun
Gerry Neugebauer
Astronomer
3-Sep-1932   Infrared astronomy
Simon Newcomb
Astronomer
12-Mar-1835 11-Jul-1909 Nautical Almanac
Ernst J. Öpik
Astronomer
23-Oct-1893 10-Sep-1985 Andromeda Nebula
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
Astronomer
10-May-1900 7-Dec-1979 Hydrogen in the Sun
Benjamin Peirce
Mathematician
4-Apr-1809 10-Jun-1880 Idempotent and nilpotent
Jerry Pournelle
Author
7-Aug-1933   Sci-Fi collaborator with Larry Niven
Henry Norris Russell
Astronomer
25-Oct-1877 18-Feb-1957 Giant stars and dwarfs
Wallace Sargent
Astronomer
15-Feb-1935   Astrophysicist at CalTech
Karl Schwarzschild
Astronomer
9-Oct-1873 11-May-1916 Black holes, Schwarzschild radius
Frederick Hanley Seares
Astronomer
17-May-1873 20-Jul-1964 Astronomer at Mt. Wilson Observatory
Michael Seaton
Astronomer
16-Jun-1923 29-May-2007 Opacity Project
Iosif S. Shklovskii
Astronomer
1-Jul-1916 3-Mar-1985 Synchrotron radiation of the Crab Nebula
Harold Spencer Jones
Astronomer
29-Mar-1890 3-Nov-1960 10th Royal Astronomer of England
Lyman Spitzer, Jr.
Astronomer
26-Jun-1914 31-Mar-1997 Father of space telescopes
Ambrose Swasey
Business
19-Dec-1846 15-Jun-1937 Warner and Swasey Company and Observatory
Edward Troughton
Inventor
Oct-1753 12-Jun-1835 Early scientific instruments
Herbert Hall Turner
Astronomer
13-Aug-1861 20-Aug-1930 Stellar positions
Harold C. Urey
Chemist
29-Apr-1893 5-Jan-1981 Discovered Deuterium


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