Famous Astronomers - List of Famous Astronomers

Kids have always looked up at the sky and wondered what those glimmering lights, lighting up the night sky are? Some of these kids grow fascinated by the glimmering lights and grow up to make these lights their life’s work. We call them astronomers; people who study the stars, planets, galaxies and even the asteroids. These scientists have existed for countless years and have made a considerable impact on the world we live in; it was the Mayan astronomers who gave us the famous Mayan calendar according to which, the world would have ended on the 21st of December 2012. It was astronomers who first suggested the theory that the earth revolved around the sun and not the other way around and the earth was not the center of the universe or our galaxy, for that matter. The invaluable work that astronomers do is dedicated to better understanding the universe, of which the earth is a part. This work has, at times, incurred the wrath of the people because at one time the understanding of the science was not as explicit as it is today and neither was the awareness about it.

The Most Famous Astronomers

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Jabir Ibn Hayyan721IranianJabir Ibn Hayyan was a medieval era polymath
Isaac NewtonJanuary 4, 1643BritishIsaac Newton was an English scientist and mathematician, who discovered gravitation and Newtonian Mechanics
Brahmagupta598IndianBrahmagupta was a highly accomplished ancient Indian astronomer and mathematician
Carl F. GaussApril 30, 1777GermanCarl F
Maria MitchellAugust 1, 1818AmericanMaria Mitchell was the first professional female astronomer in the United States
Omar KhayyamMay 18, 1048IranianOmar Khayyám was an extremely talented and famous Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher and poet
Tycho BraheDecember 14, 1546DanishTycho Brahe was a Danish nobleman who made important contributions to astronomy
Galileo GalileiFebruary 15, 1564ItalianGalileo Galilei was an Italian Astronomer and Scientist
J. Allen HynekMay 1, 1910AmericanJosef Allen Hynek was an American astronomer and ufologist
Carl SaganNovember 9, 1934AmericanCarl Sagan was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmology expert and author
Antony Hewish

Antony Hewish

Antony Hewish is a British radio astronomer, best known for his discovery of the first pulsar

BritishMay 11, 1924141 views

Mikhail Lomonosov

Mikhail Lomonosov was a Russian scientist, poet, geologist and astronomer

RussianNovember 19, 1711197 views

Hipparchus

Hipparchus was a Greek astronomer and mathematician

Greek190 BC139 views

Martin Ryle

Sir Martin Ryle was a British astronomer who was one of the joint winners of Nobel Prize for Physics in 1974

BritishSeptember 27, 1918123 views

Georges Lemaître

Georges Lemaitre was a Belgian scientist and priest

BelgianJuly 17, 1894192 views

Brahmagupta

Brahmagupta was a highly accomplished ancient Indian astronomer and mathematician

Indian598275 views

Giovanni Domenico Cassini

Giovanni Cassini was a 17th century Italian mathematician, astronomer and astrologer

ItalianJune 8, 1625140 views

Benjamin Banneker

Benjamin Bannekar was an African American scientist and a strong advocate of racial equality

Sir Christopher Wren

Sir Christopher Wren was the most celebrated English architect of his time, best known for the design of St Paul's Cathedral in London.

BritishOctober 20, 163281 views

Arthur Eddington

Arthur Eddington was one of the most renowned astronomers of 19th century and has many scientific achievements to his credit

BritishDecember 28, 1882122 views