William Henry Pickering

1858 - 1938

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William Henry Pickering (February 15, 1858 – January 16, 1938) was an American astronomer. Pickering constructed and established several observatories or astronomical observation stations, notably including Percival Lowell's Flagstaff Observatory. He led solar eclipse expeditions and studied craters on the Moon, and hypothesized that changes in the appearance of the crater Eratosthenes were due to "lunar insects". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Henry Pickering has received more than 55,425 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). William Henry Pickering is the 139th most popular astronomer (down from 121st in 2019), the 2,010th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,721st in 2019) and the 25th most popular American Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, William Henry Pickering ranks 139 out of 532Before him are Vesto Slipher, Nur ad-Din al-Bitruji, Ernst Öpik, N. R. Pogson, Maslama al-Majriti, and Maria Mitchell. After him are Guillaume Bigourdan, Joseph-Nicolas Delisle, Abu-Mahmud Khojandi, Johann Daniel Titius, Peter Andreas Hansen, and Maximilian Hell.

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Among people born in 1858, William Henry Pickering ranks 49Before him are Jagadish Chandra Bose, Oldfield Thomas, Roland Bonaparte, Wolfgang Kapp, Remy de Gourmont, and Saitō Makoto. After him are Keke Geladze, Ethel Smyth, Archibald Gracie IV, Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, John L. Sullivan, and Wilhelm Fliess. Among people deceased in 1938, William Henry Pickering ranks 60Before him are Aleksandr Kuprin, Leo Frobenius, Leopold Godowsky, William McDougall, Alexandru Averescu, and Vladimir Antonov-Ovseyenko. After him are Nikolai Krylenko, Edmund Landau, Ludwig Borchardt, Princess Maria Antonietta of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, King Oliver, and Yevhen Konovalets.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William Henry Pickering ranks 2,010 out of 15,968Before him are Peter Agre (1949), Don Taylor (1920), Mahalia Jackson (1911), Maria Mitchell (1818), Eva Mendes (1974), and Justin Timberlake (1981). After him are Samuel Adams (1722), Bill Finger (1914), Donald J. Cram (1919), Perry Como (1912), Robert Todd Lincoln (1843), and Ariana Grande (1993).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, William Henry Pickering ranks 25Before him are Frank Drake (1930), Harlow Shapley (1885), James Van Allen (1914), Russell Alan Hulse (1950), Vesto Slipher (1875), and Maria Mitchell (1818). After him are Henry Draper (1837), George Phillips Bond (1825), Robert Grant Aitken (1864), Heber Doust Curtis (1872), Eugene Merle Shoemaker (1928), and George William Hill (1838).