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Astronomer Royal


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  • proper n. An honorary title given to a leading astronomer; once the director of the Greenwich observatory.


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  • The Astronomer Royal was a capable, practical engineer as well as an optician, and he presently occupied himself by designing astronomical instruments of improved pattern, which should replace the antiquated instruments he found in the observatory.

    Great Astronomers

  • Martin Rees, Britain's Astronomer Royal and author of Our Final Hour, puts humanity's chances of survival into the next century at no more than 50%.

    Catherine Ingram: Desire Rules

  • Sir Frank Watson Dyson, Astronomer Royal of Britain, conceived in 1917 the perfect experiment to resolve the issue.

    Wired Top Stories

  • The English Astronomer Royal, Halley, undertook a scientific voyage to the South in 1699 for the purpose of making magnetic observations, and met with ice in 52ยบ S., from which latitude he returned to the north.

    The South Pole~ The History of the South Pole

  • A few years ago, Lord Martin Rees, who holds three of the most distinguished titles in the scientific world (Astronomer Royal; Master of Trinity College, Cambridge; and head of the 350-year-old Royal Society, London) offered a $1,000 wager that bioterror or bioerror would unleash a catastrophic event claiming one million lives in the next two decades.

    The Age of Pandemics

  • By way of closing, I should quote the Example of Captain Halley, the late Astronomer Royal, who Discover'd the famous Comet that bears his Name.

    "This could be bad news for Hillary"... or not.

  • I have written to the Royal Observatory but I'd be grateful to anyone who can confirm a link between Merryweather and Shepherd, the Greenwich Observatory or the then Astronomer Royal, George Airy, or indeed what the Merryweather electric clock really was.

    Merryweather clock - was it at the Royal Observatory

  • With experiences so much wider than his, Lady Constantine saw that the chances were perhaps a million to one against Swithin St. Cleeve ever being Astronomer Royal, or Astronomer Extraordinary of any sort; yet the remaining chance in his favour was one of those possibilities which, to a woman of bounding intellect and venturesome fancy, are pleasanter to dwell on than likely issues that have no savour of high speculation in them.

    Two on a Tower

  • It is not something analogous to playing the church organ, painting on vellum, discovering the North Pole that insidious habit, looping the loop, being Astronomer Royal, and so on.

    Chesterton on Democracy

  • The present Astronomer Royal and President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees, told me that he goes to church as an 'unbelieving Anglican ... out of loyalty to the tribe'.

    The God Delusion


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