George Biddell Airy

1801 - 1892

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Sir George Biddell Airy (; 27 July 1801 – 2 January 1892) was an English mathematician and astronomer, as well as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics from 1826 to 1828 and the seventh Astronomer Royal from 1835 to 1881. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Biddell Airy has received more than 311,355 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). George Biddell Airy is the 148th most popular astronomer (down from 106th in 2019), the 1,227th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,044th in 2019) and the 18th most popular British Astronomer.

George Biddell Airy is most famous for his work in astronomy, specifically his work on the measurement of the Earth's density.

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Among astronomers, George Biddell Airy ranks 148 out of 644Before him are August Kopff, Johann Daniel Titius, Carolyn S. Shoemaker, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, Joseph-Nicolas Delisle, and Mariam al-Asturlabi. After him are Eugène Joseph Delporte, Habash al-Hasib al-Marwazi, Abu-Mahmud Khojandi, Guillaume Bigourdan, Antonie Pannekoek, and Abu Maʿshar.

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Among people born in 1801, George Biddell Airy ranks 22Before him are Antoine Augustin Cournot, Archduchess Marie Caroline of Austria, Maria Theresa of Austria, Princess Sophie of Sweden, Prince Charles of Prussia, and Moritz von Jacobi. After him are Vladimir Dal, William H. Seward, Rifa'a al-Tahtawi, Zénaïde Bonaparte, Albert Lortzing, and Infanta Isabel Maria of Braganza. Among people deceased in 1892, George Biddell Airy ranks 25Before him are Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, Charles Spurgeon, Princess Alexandrine of Prussia, Annibale de Gasparis, Yoshitoshi, and Henry Walter Bates. After him are Emin Pasha, Ravachol, Süleyman Hüsnü Pasha, Hervé, Archduke Karl Salvator of Austria, and Ernest Guiraud.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, George Biddell Airy ranks 1,227 out of 8,785Before him are Charles Algernon Parsons (1854), Black (1962), Stephen Hales (1677), Dave Evans (1953), Jimmy Savile (1926), and James Broun-Ramsay, 1st Marquess of Dalhousie (1812). After him are Robert Stirling (1790), Ciarán Hinds (1953), Frances Shand Kydd (1936), Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (1855), John Hunter (1728), and James Faulkner (1948).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United Kingdom

Among astronomers born in United Kingdom, George Biddell Airy ranks 18Before him are Adelard of Bath (1075), William Huggins (1824), Mary Somerville (1780), William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse (1800), James Dunlop (1793), and Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (1900). After him are John Russell Hind (1823), Edward Walter Maunder (1851), James Glaisher (1809), Norman Lockyer (1836), Williamina Fleming (1857), and William Robert Brooks (1844).