Charles Piazzi Smyth

1819 - 1900

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Charles Piazzi Smyth (3 January 1819 – 21 February 1900) was an Italian-born British astronomer who was Astronomer Royal for Scotland from 1846 to 1888; he is known for many innovations in astronomy and, along with his wife Jessica Duncan Piazzi Smyth, his pyramidological and metrological studies of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Piazzi Smyth has received more than 63,635 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Charles Piazzi Smyth is the 393rd most popular astronomer (down from 354th in 2019), the 3,037th most popular biography from Italy (down from 2,499th in 2019) and the 21st most popular Italian Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Charles Piazzi Smyth ranks 393 out of 532Before him are Sandra Faber, Stéphane Javelle, Arno Arthur Wachmann, Sherburne Wesley Burnham, Chushiro Hayashi, and Lutz D. Schmadel. After him are Paris Pişmiş, William Robert Brooks, Cuno Hoffmeister, Albert George Wilson, Odette Bancilhon, and Elizabeth Roemer.

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Among people born in 1819, Charles Piazzi Smyth ranks 74Before him are Władysław Taczanowski, Butrus al-Bustani, Cyrus West Field, William Powell Frith, Louise Otto-Peters, and Klaus Groth. After him are Ion Emanuel Florescu, Alexandru G. Golescu, Yakov Polonsky, Monier Monier-Williams, Joaquín Jovellar y Soler, and James Spriggs Payne. Among people deceased in 1900, Charles Piazzi Smyth ranks 71Before him are Arthur Sullivan, Gustaf Åkerhielm, Catherine Wolfe Bruce, Wilhelm Kühne, Gustav Hartlaub, and Edmond de Sélys Longchamps. After him are Nicolae Crețulescu, John Douglas, 9th Marquess of Queensberry, Joseph Jean Pierre Laurent, William Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong, Ernest Dowson, and George Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll.

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Among people born in Italy, Charles Piazzi Smyth ranks 3,037 out of 4,088Before him are Stefano Benni (1947), Fiorenzo Angelini (1916), Mauro Baldi (1954), Joel McHale (1971), Sabrina Ferilli (1964), and Lorenzo Campeggio (1474). After him are Alessandra Panaro (1939), Carlo Luigi Spegazzini (1858), Stefano Gabbana (1962), Franco Albini (1905), Franco Rasetti (1901), and Walter Veltroni (1955).


Among astronomers born in Italy, Charles Piazzi Smyth ranks 21Before him are Niccolò Zucchi (1586), Giovanni Domenico Maraldi (1709), Giovanni Battista Donati (1826), Luigi Carnera (1875), Giorgio Abetti (1882), and Elia Millosevich (1848). After him are Barnaba Oriani (1752), Caterina Scarpellini (1808), and Andrea Boattini (1969).