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Edmond Halley

1656 - 1742

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Edmond (or Edmund) Halley (; 8 November [O.S. 29 October] 1656 – 25 January 1742 [O.S. 14 January 1741]) was an English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, and physicist. He was the second Astronomer Royal in Britain, succeeding John Flamsteed in 1720. From an observatory he constructed on Saint Helena in 1676–77, Halley catalogued the southern celestial hemisphere and recorded a transit of Mercury across the Sun. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edmond Halley has received more than 972,689 page views. His biography is available in 85 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 82 in 2019). Edmond Halley is the 17th most popular astronomer (up from 20th in 2019), the 208th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 249th in 2019) and the most popular British Astronomer.

Edmond Halley is most famous for his comet that orbits the sun and reappears every 76 years.

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Among ASTRONOMERS

Among astronomers, Edmond Halley ranks 17 out of 532Before him are Ulugh Beg, Hipparchus, Ole Rømer, Carl Sagan, Ja'far al-Sadiq, and Giovanni Domenico Cassini. After him are Charles Messier, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi, Avempace, Robert Woodrow Wilson, and Aryabhata.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1656, Edmond Halley ranks 1After him are Marin Marais, Ulrika Eleonora of Denmark, Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, Anton Florian, Prince of Liechtenstein, Nicolas de Largillière, Robert de Cotte, Guillaume Dubois, Kateri Tekakwitha, Ferdinand de Marsin, and Guru Har Krishan. Among people deceased in 1742, Edmond Halley ranks 1After him are Wilhelmine Amalia of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans, Charles III Philip, Elector Palatine, Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco, Pylyp Orlyk, Friedrich Hoffmann, Jean-Baptiste Dubos, Luigi Guido Grandi, Carlos Seixas, Arvid Horn, and Willem 's Gravesande.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Edmond Halley ranks 208 out of 6,924Before him are Jason Statham (1967), Harold Wilson (1916), Henrietta of England (1644), James V of Scotland (1512), William Ramsay (1852), and Saint Ursula (400). After him are Anna Wintour (1949), Ælla of Northumbria (800), James George Frazer (1854), Ozzy Osbourne (1948), Charles II of England (1630), and Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United Kingdom

Among astronomers born in United Kingdom, Edmond Halley ranks 1After him are Arthur Eddington (1882), Mary Somerville (1780), Fred Hoyle (1915), Jocelyn Bell Burnell (1943), James Bradley (1693), William Lassell (1799), Martin Ryle (1918), Antony Hewish (1924), Stephen Gray (1666), John Flamsteed (1646), and George Darwin (1845).