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James Bradley

1693 - 1762

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James Bradley (1692–1762) was an English astronomer and priest who served as the third Astronomer Royal from 1742. He is best known for two fundamental discoveries in astronomy, the aberration of light (1725–1728), and the nutation of the Earth's axis (1728–1748). These two discoveries were called "the most brilliant and useful of the century" by Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre, historian of astronomy, mathematical astronomer and director of the Paris Observatory. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Bradley has received more than 147,901 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). James Bradley is the 45th most popular astronomer (down from 44th in 2019), the 517th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 493rd in 2019) and the 5th most popular British Astronomer.

James Bradley is most famous for his book The Lost History of Christianity, which is about the history of Christianity.

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Among astronomers, James Bradley ranks 45 out of 531Before him are Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli, Charles Greeley Abbot, Giovanni Schiaparelli, Simon Marius, Arthur Eddington, and Henrietta Swan Leavitt. After him are Asaph Hall, Fritz Zwicky, Clyde Tombaugh, Ferdinand Verbiest, Johann Palisa, and Jérôme Lalande.

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Among people born in 1693, James Bradley ranks 3Before him are Pope Clement XIII and Anna of Russia. After him are John Harrison, Anne Sophie Reventlow, Countess Palatine Elisabeth Auguste Sofie of Neuburg, Louise Élisabeth de Bourbon, Abul Khair Khan, Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle, Georg Rafael Donner, Alexey Bestuzhev-Ryumin, and John Lombe. Among people deceased in 1762, James Bradley ranks 5Before him are Elizabeth of Russia, Peter III of Russia, Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten, and Crown Prince Sado. After him are Archduchess Maria Johanna Gabriela of Austria, Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille, Emperor Momozono, Francesco Geminiani, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Princess Antoinette of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, and Shah Waliullah Dehlawi.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, James Bradley ranks 517 out of 7,765Before him are John Dowland (1563), Sid Vicious (1957), David Hockney (1937), Henry Hudson (1570), Nigel Mansell (1953), and A. S. Neill (1883). After him are Maud of Wales (1869), William Tyndale (1494), Bobby Moore (1941), Bill Wyman (1936), John Wallis (1616), and Oliver Sacks (1933).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United Kingdom

Among astronomers born in United Kingdom, James Bradley ranks 5Before him are Edmond Halley (1656), Jocelyn Bell Burnell (1943), Fred Hoyle (1915), and Arthur Eddington (1882). After him are John Flamsteed (1646), Martin Ryle (1918), George Darwin (1845), William Lassell (1799), Stephen Gray (1666), Antony Hewish (1924), and William Huggins (1824).