Baily, Francis, 1774-1844

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1774-04-28
Death 1844-08-30
Britons
English

Biographical notes:

In 1795 he went to America and had some adventures. Returning in 1798 he became a London stockbroker and published successful works on annuities and assurances. He then turned his attention to astronomy and in 1825 retired from business. He greatly advanced astronomy by his revision of star catalogs, his simplified tables for reduction of aberration, mutation, etc. He reformed the Nautical Almanac. In 1843 he received the Astronomical Society's gold medal for his determination of the weight of the earth. F.R.S. 1821. He was treasurer of the Royal Society, 1835-1838.

From the description of Papers ca. 1820-1844. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84185965

Astronomer and Fellow of the Royal Society.

From the description of Correspondence with J. D. Forbes, 1837-ca. 1844. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122412484

From the description of Papers, ca. 1812-1844. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84507363

Founder of Royal Astronomical Society.

From the guide to the Francis Baily letter to Lt. Wilkes, 1836, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

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Subjects:

  • Astronomical observations
  • Calculus
  • Pendulum--Observations
  • Astronomy--Societies (Academies and learned societies)
  • Astronomical instruments
  • Sextant
  • Stars--Catalogs

Occupations:

  • Astronomers

Places:

  • Earth (as recorded)
  • England (as recorded)