Gresham Professor of Astronomy

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The Professor of Astronomy at Gresham College
Gresham College
Gresham College is an institution of higher learning located at Barnard's Inn Hall off Holborn in central London, England. It was founded in 1597 under the will of Sir Thomas Gresham and today it hosts over 140 free public lectures every year within the City of London.-History:Sir Thomas Gresham,...

, London, gives free educational lectures to the general public. The college was founded for this purpose in 1596 / 7, when it appointed seven professors; this has since increased to eight and in addition the college now has visiting professors.

The Professor of Astronomy is always appointed by the City of London Corporation.

(Years given as, say, 1596 / 7 refer to Old Style and New Style dates
Old Style and New Style dates
Old Style and New Style are used in English language historical studies either to indicate that the start of the Julian year has been adjusted to start on 1 January even though documents written at the time use a different start of year ; or to indicate that a date conforms to the Julian...

1 Edward Brerewood
Edward Brerewood
Edward Brerewood was an English scholar and antiquary. He was a mathematician and logician, and wrote an influential book on the origin of languages.-Life:...

March 1596 / 97
2 Thomas Williams
Thomas Williams
Thomas Williams may refer to:* Thomas Williams * Williams, Gresham Professor of Astronomy from 11 November 1613* Thomas Williams , signatory of the Mayflower Compact...

11 November 1613
3 Edmund Gunter
Edmund Gunter
Edmund Gunter , English mathematician, of Welsh descent, was born in Hertfordshire in 1581.He was educated at Westminster School, and in 1599 was elected a student of Christ Church, Oxford. He took orders, became a preacher in 1614, and in 1615 proceeded to the degree of bachelor in divinity...

6 March 1619 / 20
4 Henry Gellibrand
Henry Gellibrand
Henry Gellibrand was an English mathematician. He is known for his work on the Earth's magnetic field. He discovered that magnetic declination – the angle of dip of a compass needle – is not constant but changes over time...

2 January 1626 / 27
5 Samuel Foster
Samuel Foster
Samuel Foster was an English mathematician and astronomer. He made several observations of eclipses, both of the sun and moon, at Gresham College and in other places; and he was known particularly for inventing and improving planetary instruments...

2 March 1636 / 37
6 Mungo Murray  25 November 1637
7 Samuel Foster
Samuel Foster
Samuel Foster was an English mathematician and astronomer. He made several observations of eclipses, both of the sun and moon, at Gresham College and in other places; and he was known particularly for inventing and improving planetary instruments...

26 May 1641
8 Lawrence Rooke
Lawrence Rooke
Lawrence Rooke was an English astronomer and mathematician. He was also one of the founders of the Royal Society, although he died as it was being formally constituted.-Life:...

23 July 1652
9 Sir Christopher Wren
Christopher Wren
Sir Christopher Wren FRS is one of the most highly acclaimed English architects in history.He used to be accorded responsibility for rebuilding 51 churches in the City of London after the Great Fire in 1666, including his masterpiece, St. Paul's Cathedral, on Ludgate Hill, completed in 1710...

7 August 1657
10 Walter Pope
Walter Pope
Walter Pope was an English astronomer and poet. He was born in Northamptonshire and was the half brother of John Wilkins, who would become bishop of Chester. He was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, with a BA in 1649, MA in 1651...

8 March 1660 / 61
11 Daniel Man  21 September 1687
12 Alexander Torriano  31 July 1691
13 John Machin
John Machin
John Machin, , a professor of astronomy at Gresham College, London, is best known for developing a quickly converging series for Pi in 1706 and using it to compute Pi to 100 decimal places.Machin's formula is:...

16 May 1713
14 William Romaine
William Romaine
William Romaine , evangelical divine of the Church of England, was author of works once held in much favour by the evangelicals, namely the trilogy The Life, the Walk, and the Triumph of Faith....

25 June 1751
15 William Cockayne
William Cockayne
Sir William Cockayne , London, England, was a seventeenth-century London merchant, alderman, and, in 1619, Lord Mayor.-Life:...

21 April 1752
16 Peter Sandiford  16 July 1795
17 Joseph Pullen 3 December 1833
18 Edmund Ledger 27 July 1875
19 Samuel Arthur Saunder
Samuel Arthur Saunder
Samuel Arthur Saunder was a British mathematician and selenographer. In 1908 he was made Gresham Professor of Astronomy .The crater Saunder on the Moon is named after him.-See also:* Gresham College...

2 December 1908
20 Arthur Robert Hinks
Arthur Robert Hinks
Arthur Robert Hinks, CBE, FRS was a British astronomer and geographer..As an astronomer, he is best known for his work in determining the distance from the Sun to the Earth from 1900–1909: for this achievement, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society and was elected a...

17 April 1913
(1939–45 Lectures in abeyance)
21 William Herbert Steavenson
William Herbert Steavenson
William Herbert Steavenson was a British amateur astronomer.He lost the vision in his right eye in a childhood accident...

29 May 1946
22 Sir John Carroll
John Carroll (astronomer)
John A. Carroll was a British astronomer and physicist. In the 1920s he worked at the Solar Physics Observatory, Cambridge, UK with F.J.M...

23 Sir Martin Ryle
Martin Ryle
Sir Martin Ryle was an English radio astronomer who developed revolutionary radio telescope systems and used them for accurate location and imaging of weak radio sources...

24 Roger Tayler
Roger Tayler
Roger John Tayler OBE FRS was a British astronomer. In his scientific work, Professor Tayler made important contributions to stellar structure and evolution, plasma stability, nucleogenesis and cosmology. He wrote a number of textbooks used by students world-wide...

25 Sir Martin Rees,
Baron Rees of Ludlow
Martin Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow
Martin John Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow, OM, FRS is a British cosmologist and astrophysicist. He has been Astronomer Royal since 1995 and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge since 2004...

26 David W Dewhirst  1976-80
27 Michael Rowan-Robinson
Michael Rowan-Robinson
Michael Rowan-Robinson is an astronomer and astrophysicist. He was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge and is Professor of Astrophysics and until May 2007 was Head of the Astrophysics Group at Imperial College London. From 1981 to 1982, he gave public lectures as professor of astronomy at...

28 Andrew Fabian
Andrew Fabian
Andrew Christopher Fabian, OBE, FRS is a British astronomer and astrophysicist. He is a Royal Society Research Professor at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, and Vice-Master of Darwin College, Cambridge. He was the President of the Royal Astronomical Society from May 2008 through to 2010...

29 Raymond Hide
Raymond Hide
Raymond Hide CBE FRS is a British physicist, who was formerly Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford. Since 2000, he has been Senior Research Investigator at Imperial College, London.-Life:...

30 George Porter
George Porter
George Hornidge Porter, Baron Porter of Luddenham, OM, FRS was a British chemist.- Life :Porter was born in Stainforth, near Thorne, South Yorkshire. He was educated at Thorne Grammar School, then won a scholarship to the University of Leeds and gained his first degree in chemistry...

Baron Porter of Luddenham OM FRS
1 September 1990
31 Heather Couper
Heather Couper
Heather Anita Couper CBE CPhys is a British astronomer who popularized astronomy in the 1980s and 1990s on British television. She is a former president of the British Astronomical Association from 1984 to 1986.-Early life:...

1 September 1993
32 Colin Pillinger
Colin Pillinger
Colin Trevor Pillinger, CBE, is a planetary scientist at the Open University in the UK. He was the principal investigator for the British Beagle 2 Mars lander project, and has done much work studying a group of Martian meteorites.In May 2005 Pillinger was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.-Early...

1 September 1996
33 Frank Close
Frank Close
Francis Edwin Close OBE is a noted particle physicist who is currently Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford.-Early life:...

1 September 2000
34 John D Barrow
John D. Barrow
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1 September 2003
35 Ian Morison FRAS 1 August 2007
36 Carolin Crawford
Carolin Crawford
Carolin Susan Crawford is a British communicator of science, astrophysicist researcher, lecturer and academic based at the Institute of Astronomy and Emmanuel College, Cambridge.-Biography:...

1 August 2011