Jeremiah Horrocks

1618 - 1641

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Jeremiah Horrocks (1618 – 3 January 1641), sometimes given as Jeremiah Horrox (the Latinised version that he used on the Emmanuel College register and in his Latin manuscripts), was an English astronomer. He was the first person to demonstrate that the Moon moved around the Earth in an elliptical orbit; and he was the only person to predict the transit of Venus of 1639, an event which he and his friend William Crabtree were the only two people to observe and record. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jeremiah Horrocks has received more than 127,851 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia. Jeremiah Horrocks is the 373rd most popular astronomer (down from 144th in 2019), the 3,053rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,277th in 2019) and the 48th most popular British Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Jeremiah Horrocks ranks 373 out of 532Before him are William Christie, Janet Akyüz Mattei, Adam Riess, William Wilson Morgan, Leo Anton Karl de Ball, and Geoffrey Burbidge. After him are Carl A. Wirtanen, Joseph Johann von Littrow, Maria Clara Eimmart, Benjamin Jekhowsky, William Henry Smyth, and Frank Muller.

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Among people born in 1618, Jeremiah Horrocks ranks 13Before him are Jan Dirksz Both, Juraj Križanić, Peter Lely, Michiel Sweerts, Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy, and Vittoria Farnese. After him is Abraham Cowley. Among people deceased in 1641, Jeremiah Horrocks ranks 14Before him are Maximilien de Béthune, Duke of Sully, Johan Banér, Franciscus Gomarus, Pau Claris i Casademunt, Adam van Noort, and Hedwig of Denmark. After him is Thomas Heywood.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Jeremiah Horrocks ranks 3,053 out of 6,924Before him are Stuart Christie (1946), Nat Lofthouse (1925), Jason Bonham (1966), Richard Madden (1986), Geoffrey Burbidge (1925), and Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743). After him are Stephen Baxter (1957), James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce (1838), Teresa Ann Savoy (1955), Jon Pertwee (1919), Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe (1726), and David Don (1799).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United Kingdom

Among astronomers born in United Kingdom, Jeremiah Horrocks ranks 48Before him are Patrick Moore (1923), James Challis (1803), Brian G. Marsden (1937), Nathaniel Bliss (1700), William Christie (1845), and Geoffrey Burbidge (1925). After him are William Henry Smyth (1788), Sherburne Wesley Burnham (1838), William Robert Brooks (1844), Ralph Copeland (1837), Beatrice Tinsley (1941), and Philibert Jacques Melotte (1880).