Maskelyne, Nevil, 1732-1811

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Birth 1732-10-06
Death 1811-02-09

Biographical notes:

Maskelyne was the 5th Astronomer Royal at Greenwich and is best known for having established the "Nautical Almanac" in 1766.

From the description of Papers of Nevil Maskelyne, 1771-1809. 1771-1809. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 225688734

In 1749 he entered Catharine Hall, Cambridge but migrated to Trinity College. 7th Wrangler. B. A. 1754. M. A. 1757. B. D. 1768. D. D. 1777. F. R. S. 1758. He was selected by the Royal Society to go to St. Helena to observe the transit of Venus of 6 June 1761. Due to the clouds it was not successful. In 1763 he went to Barbados to try Harrisons fourth time piece. He succeeded Nathaniel Bliss (F. R. S. 1742) as Astronomer Royal in 1765 and held the appointment for 46 years. From June through October 1774 he determined the attraction of mountains on the plumb line at Schiehallion (Perthshire).

From the description of Papers, 1765-1810. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81220008

Croation by birth, mathematian and natural philosopher, Rudjer Josip Boskovic spent most of his life in Rome and Milan, but also lived briefly in Paris and London.

From the guide to the Ruggero Giuseppe Boscovich papers, [ca. 1730-1786], Circa 1730-1786, (American Philosophical Society)

English astonomer.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : to Daniel C. Lysons, 1796 Oct. 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270607769

Astronomer and Fellow of the Royal Society.

From the description of Papers, 1760-1805. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78403272

Thomas Darlington Cope was a physicist and a historian of science.

From the guide to the Thomas Darlington Cope papers, 1945-1957, 1945-1957, (American Philosophical Society)


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