James Craig Watson

1838 - 1880

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James Craig Watson (January 28, 1838 – November 22, 1880) was a Canadian-American astronomer, discoverer of comets and minor planets, director of the University of Michigan's Detroit Observatory in Ann Arbor, and awarded with the Lalande Prize in 1869. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Craig Watson has received more than 23,816 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia. James Craig Watson is the 179th most popular astronomer (down from 174th in 2019), the 127th most popular biography from Canada (down from 103rd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Canadian Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, James Craig Watson ranks 179 out of 532. Before him are Mashallah ibn Athari, Luigi Ferdinando Marsili, Antonio de Ulloa, Heber Doust Curtis, Johann Heinrich von Mädler, and Eugene Merle Shoemaker. After him are George William Hill, James W. Christy, Andrew Graham, Francis Preserved Leavenworth, Nevil Maskelyne, and Walter Lewin.

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Among people born in 1838, James Craig Watson ranks 45Before him are Prince Louis, Count of Trani, John Muir, Konstanty Kalinowski, Henry Sidgwick, Duke Philipp of Württemberg, and Jean-Paul Laurens. After him are George William Hill, Nicolae Grigorescu, Friedrich Konrad Beilstein, Annie Edson Taylor, Szymon Winawer, and Paolo Boselli. Among people deceased in 1880, James Craig Watson ranks 20Before him are Frederick VIII, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein, Sunanda Kumariratana, Friedrich Bayer, Arnold Ruge, Bettino Ricasoli, and Constantin Hansen. After him are Léon Cogniet, John Sutter, Edwin Drake, Ferdinand Ritter von Hebra, Princess Marie of Hesse-Kassel, and Robert Fortune.

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Among people born in Canada, James Craig Watson ranks 127 out of 1,130. Before him are David Morrell (1943), Steven Pinker (1954), Ted Kotcheff (1931), Margot Kidder (1948), Fay Wray (1907), and Jean Chrétien (1934). After him are Reginald Fessenden (1866), Wilfrid Laurier (1841), Walter Huston (1883), Shulamith Firestone (1945), David Foster (1949), and Peter Cullen (1941).


Among astronomers born in Canada, James Craig Watson ranks 2Before him are Arthur B. McDonald (1943). After him are Hubert Reeves (1932), David H. Levy (1948), John Stanley Plaskett (1865), Wendy Freedman (1957), Brett J. Gladman (1966), and Sara Seager (1971).