Nevil Maskelyne

1732 - 1811

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Nevil Maskelyne FRS FRSE (; 6 October 1732 – 9 February 1811) was the fifth British Astronomer Royal. He held the office from 1765 to 1811. He was the first person to scientifically measure the mass of the planet Earth. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nevil Maskelyne has received more than 125,743 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Nevil Maskelyne is the 184th most popular astronomer (up from 189th in 2019), the 1,712th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,589th in 2019) and the 21st most popular British Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, Nevil Maskelyne ranks 184 out of 532Before him are Eugene Merle Shoemaker, James Craig Watson, George William Hill, James W. Christy, Andrew Graham, and Francis Preserved Leavenworth. After him are Walter Lewin, Oskar Backlund, Maria Margaretha Kirch, John Bevis, Mariam al-Asturlabi, and James Glaisher.

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Among people born in 1732, Nevil Maskelyne ranks 19Before him are Johann Christoph Adelung, Frederick II Eugene, Duke of Württemberg, John Dickinson, Warren Hastings, Jeanne Julie Éléonore de Lespinasse, and Hieronymus von Colloredo. After him are Joseph von Sonnenfels, Peter Forsskål, Joseph Gaertner, František Brixi, Johan Peter Falk, and Frederick North, Lord North. Among people deceased in 1811, Nevil Maskelyne ranks 8Before him are Heinrich von Kleist, Peter Simon Pallas, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Baden, Dositej Obradović, and Jean Chalgrin. After him are Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, Ignacio Allende, Marie-Joseph Chénier, Christoph Friedrich Nicolai, Mariano Moreno, and Augustus FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Nevil Maskelyne ranks 1,712 out of 6,924Before him are Paul W. S. Anderson (1965), Herbert James Draper (1863), Princess Augusta of Great Britain (1737), Paul Bettany (1971), Pasquale Anfossi (1727), and Steve Howe (1947). After him are Alfred, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1874), James Boswell (1740), Eleanor of Woodstock (1318), Adrian Newey (1958), Donald Maclean (1913), and Godwin, Earl of Wessex (1001).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United Kingdom

Among astronomers born in United Kingdom, Nevil Maskelyne ranks 21Before him are William Huggins (1824), Margaret Burbidge (1919), John Russell Hind (1823), Adelard of Bath (1075), William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse (1800), and N. R. Pogson (1829). After him are John Bevis (1695), James Glaisher (1809), Edward Walter Maunder (1851), John Michell (1724), James Dunlop (1793), and George Mary Searle (1839).