Baily, Francis, 1774-1844

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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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referencedIn De Morgan family, 1753-1975 Senate House Library, University of London
creatorOf Francis Baily letter to Lt. Wilkes, 1836 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn William Baskerville Hamilton Papers, 1700-1975 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Robinson, T. R. (Thomas Romney), 1792-1882. Papers, 1830-1881. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Lupton, Thomas Goff, 1791-1873,. Francis Baily Esqr. D.C.L. Ox. & Dub. ; President of the Royal Astronomical Society : engraving. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Maria Mitchell Association. Mitchell Memorabilia In Maria Mitchell Lib. (Mf).
creatorOf Herschel Family. Papers, 1721-1951, (bulk 1810-1871). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Baily, Francis, 1774-1844. Correspondence with J. D. Forbes, 1837-ca. 1844. American Institute of Physics
referencedIn Alexander, Stephen, 1806-1883. Stephen Alexander collection, 1827-1882. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Baily, Francis, 1774-1844. Papers ca. 1820-1844. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Baily, Francis, 1774-1844. Letter. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
creatorOf Baily, Francis, 1774-1844. Papers, ca. 1812-1844. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Baily, Francis, 1774-1844. Papers, ca. 1798-1844. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Alexander, Stephen, 1806-1883. Stephen Alexander Papers 1827-1882 Princeton University Library
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. James Henry Coffin Papers.
creatorOf Hendriks, Frederick, 1897-1915. Frederick Hendriks collection, 1709-1891. University at Albany, University Libraries
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIc, 1826-1836 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
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correspondedWith Alexander, Stephen, 1806-1883 person
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correspondedWith Bache, Alexander Dallas person
associatedWith De Morgan, family family
associatedWith Dibner, Bern, person
associatedWith Forbes, James David, 1809-1868. person
associatedWith Hamilton, William Baskerville, 1908-1972 person
associatedWith Hendriks, Frederick, 1897-1915. person
correspondedWith Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878 person
associatedWith Herschel Family. family
associatedWith Herschel, John F. W. (John Frederick William), Sir, 1792-1871. person
associatedWith Houghton Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Lubbock, J. W. (John William), 1803-1865. person
associatedWith Lupton, Thomas Goff, 1791-1873, person
associatedWith Robinson, T. R. (Thomas Romney), 1792-1882. person
associatedWith Sabine, Edward, Sur, 1788-1883. person
associatedWith Sheepshanks, R. (Richard), 1794-1855. person
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Calculus
Pendulum--Observations
Astronomy--Societies (Academies and learned societies)
Astronomical instruments
Sextant
Stars--Catalogs
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Astronomers
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Birth 1774-04-28

Death 1844-08-30

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