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 62,580 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). William Henry Pickering is the 176th most popular astronomer (down from 139th in 2019), the 2,770th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,009th in 2019) and the 32nd most popular Astronomer.

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Among astronomers, William Henry Pickering ranks 176 out of 531Before him are Abu-Mahmud Khojandi, Gan De, Erasmus Reinhold, John Goodricke, Dominique, comte de Cassini, and August Kopff. After him are Jean Philippe Loys de Cheseaux, Otto Wilhelm von Struve, Margherita Hack, John Bevis, Johann Hieronymus Schröter, and Francis Preserved Leavenworth.

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Among people born in 1858, William Henry Pickering ranks 59Before him are Joséphin Péladan, Caran d'Ache, Maximilien Luce, Bonar Law, Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, and Archibald Gracie IV. After him are John L. Sullivan, Francis Preserved Leavenworth, P. J. Kennedy, John A. Hobson, Hans Rott, and E. Nesbit. Among people deceased in 1938, William Henry Pickering ranks 84Before him are Christen C. Raunkiær, Cao Kun, Francis Jammes, Edmund Landau, Max Factor, and Ante Trumbić. After him are Octavian Goga, Émile Cohl, George Mountbatten, 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven, Fayzulla Khodzhayev, David Riazanov, and Jānis K. Bērziņš.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William Henry Pickering ranks 2,770 out of 18,182Before him are Wendy Carlos (1939), Andrew Taylor Still (1828), Sally Kellerman (1937), Joseph Stilwell (1883), Bobby Darin (1936), and Thomas R. Marshall (1854). After him are Patrick Duffy (1949), Michael J. Smith (1945), Harold Bloom (1930), Carl Andre (1935), Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (1981), and Daniel Boone (1734).

Among ASTRONOMERS In United States

Among astronomers born in United States, William Henry Pickering ranks 32Before him are George Phillips Bond (1825), Vesto Slipher (1875), Henry Draper (1837), George William Hill (1838), Andrea M. Ghez (1965), and Michael H. Hart (1932). After him are Francis Preserved Leavenworth (1858), Robert Grant Aitken (1864), Joel Hastings Metcalf (1866), William Wallace Campbell (1862), James W. Christy (1938), and Seth Barnes Nicholson (1891).