Occupation

ASTRONOMERS

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With 532 biographies, Astronomers are the 27th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Businesspeople, Social Activists, and Skiers.

Pantheon has 532 people classified as astronomers born between 520 BC and 2000. Of these 532, 95 (17.86%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living astronomers include Neil deGrasse Tyson, Robert Woodrow Wilson, and Jocelyn Bell Burnell. The most famous deceased astronomers include Galileo Galilei, Nicolaus Copernicus, and Giordano Bruno. As of October 2020, 36 new astronomers have been added to Pantheon including Mashallah ibn Athari, Francis Preserved Leavenworth, and James Glaisher.

Living Astronomers

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Deceased Astronomers

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Newly Added Astronomers (2020)

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Most astronomers were born in United States (118), Germany (66), and United Kingdom (62). By city, the most common birth places were New York City (12), Paris (10), and Berlin (8).The most common death places of astronomers were United States (107), Germany (58), and United Kingdom (47). By city, these were Paris (22), Cambridge, Massachusetts (10), and London (10).

The earliest biographies classified as astronomers in Pantheon are Gan De, Oenopides, and Cleostratus.  The concentration of astronomers was largest during the Newspaper Era, which lasted from 1700 to 1899. Some birth or death locations for earlier astronomers are unknown, which may account for timeline differences below.

Which Astronomers were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 25 most globally memorable Astronomers since 1700.

Astronomers are found within the Science & Technology domain which also includes Biologists, Mathematicians, Physicists, Chemists, and Physicians.