Famous Male Astronomers People

Famous Male Astronomers

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List of famous male astronomers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male astronomers list contains the most prominent and top males known for being astronomers. There are thousand of males working as astronomers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic astronomers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a astronomer then the people below should give you inspiration.

List is made up of people like Martin Ryle and William Alfred Fowler.

While this isn't a list of all male astronomers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male astronomers?" and "Who are the best male astronomers?"

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    Sir Isaac Newton PRS MP was an English physicist and mathematician who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific revolution. His book Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, first published in 1687, laid the foundations for ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1643-1727)
    • Birthplace: Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Chemist, Scientist, Philosopher, + more
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    Stephen Hawking
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    Stephen William Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. His scientific works include a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: England, Oxford
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Professor, Screenwriter, Scientist, + more
    • Credits: Masters of Science Fiction, Alien Planet, Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs, A Brief History of Time, Hawking, + more
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    Galileo Galilei
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    Galileo Galilei, often known mononymously as Galileo, was an Italian physicist, mathematician, engineer, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the scientific revolution during the Renaissance. His achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1564-1642)
    • Birthplace: Pisa, Italy
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Astrologer, Astronomer
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    Carl Sagan
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    Carl Sagan appeared in the 2012 documentary film Beyond Expression Bright.more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1934-1996)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Physicist, Novelist, Scientist, Author, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Contact, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Nova, Good Morning America, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, + more
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    Nicolaus Copernicus
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    Nicolaus Copernicus was a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at its center. The publication of this model in his book De revolutionibus orbium coelestium just before his death in 1543 is considered a major event in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1473-1543)
    • Birthplace: Toruń, Poland
    • Profession: Mathematician, Diplomat, Physician, Economist, Artist, + more
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    Avicenna Arabic: أبو علي الحسين ابن عبد الله ابن سينا‍; c. 980 – June 1037) was a Persian polymath who is regarded as one of the most significant thinkers and writers of the Islamic Golden Age. Of the 450 works he is known to have written, around 240 have survived, including 150 on philosophy and 40 on ...more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (980-1037)
    • Birthplace: Bukhara, Uzbekistan
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Chemist, Scientist, Physician, + more
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    Neil deGrasse Tyson
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    Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. The center is part of the American Museum of Natural History, where ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Astrophysicist, Author, Actor, Television Editor, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Nova ScienceNow, The Universe, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, 400 Years of the Telescope
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    Pythagoras of Samos was an Ionian Greek philosopher, mathematician, and founder of the religious movement called Pythagoreanism. Most of the information about Pythagoras was written down centuries after he lived, so very little reliable information is known about him. He was born on the island of Samos, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Samos, Greece
    • Profession: Mathematician, Philosopher, Astronomer
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    Tycho Brahe
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    Tycho Brahe, born Tyge Ottesen Brahe, was a Danish nobleman known for his accurate and comprehensive astronomical and planetary observations. He was born in Scania, then part of Denmark, now part of modern-day Sweden. Tycho was well known in his lifetime as an astronomer, astrologer and alchemist, and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1546-1601)
    • Birthplace: Scania, Sweden
    • Profession: Chemist, Nobleman, Astronomer
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    Arthur Stanley Eddington
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    Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, OM, FRS was a British astronomer, physicist, and mathematician of the early 20th century who did his greatest work in astrophysics. He was also a philosopher of science and a popularizer of science. The Eddington limit, the natural limit to the luminosity of stars, or the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1882-1944)
    • Birthplace: Kendal, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Scientist, Astronomer
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    Johannes Kepler
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    Johannes Kepler was a German mathematician, astronomer, and astrologer. A key figure in the 17th century scientific revolution, he is best known for his laws of planetary motion, based on his works Astronomia nova, Harmonices Mundi, and Epitome of Copernican Astronomy. These works also provided one of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1571-1630)
    • Birthplace: Weil der Stadt, Germany
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Astrologer, Astronomer
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    Eratosthenes of Cyrene was a Greek mathematician, geographer, poet, astronomer, and music theorist. He was a man of learning, becoming the chief librarian at the Library of Alexandria. He invented the discipline of geography, including the terminology used today. He is best known for being the first ...more

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    • Birthplace: Cyrene, Libya
    • Profession: Librarian, Mathematician, Astronomer
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    Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥasan ibn al-Ḥasan ibn al-Haytham, frequently referred to as Ibn al-Haytham, was an Arab, Muslim, polymath and philosopher who made significant contributions to the principles of optics, astronomy, mathematics, meteorology, visual perception and the scientific method. In medieval Europe, he ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (965-1040)
    • Birthplace: Basra, Iraq
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Physician, Writer, + more
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    Aryabhata or Aryabhata I was the first of the major mathematician-astronomers from the classical age of Indian mathematics and Indian astronomy. His works include the Āryabhaṭīya and the Arya-siddhanta.more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (476-550)
    • Birthplace: Assaka
    • Profession: Mathematician, Astronomer
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    Carl Friedrich Gauss
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    Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss was a German mathematician who contributed significantly to many fields, including number theory, algebra, statistics, analysis, differential geometry, geodesy, geophysics, mechanics, electrostatics, astronomy, matrix theory, and optics. Sometimes referred to as the Princeps ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1777-1855)
    • Birthplace: Braunschweig, Germany
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Astronomer
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    Christiaan Huygens
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    Christiaan Huygens, FRS was a prominent Dutch mathematician and scientist. He is known particularly as an astronomer, physicist, probabilist and horologist. Huygens was a leading scientist of his time. His work included early telescopic studies of the rings of Saturn and the discovery of its moon Titan, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1629-1695)
    • Birthplace: Netherlands, South Holland, The Hague, European Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Horologist, Astronomer
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    Claudius Ptolemy was a Greco-Egyptian writer of Alexandria, known as a mathematician, astronomer, geographer, astrologer, and poet of a single epigram in the Greek Anthology. He lived in the city of Alexandria in the Roman province of Egypt, wrote in Greek, and held Roman citizenship. Beyond that, few ...more

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    • Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
    • Profession: Mathematician, Geographer, Astrologer, Philosopher, Astronomer
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    Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī
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    Abū ‘Abdallāh Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī, formerly Latinized as Algoritmi or Algaurizin, was a Persian mathematician, astronomer and geographer during the Abbasid Caliphate, a scholar in the House of Wisdom in Baghdad. In the twelfth century, Latin translations of his work on the Indian numerals ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (780-850)
    • Birthplace: Khwarezm
    • Profession: Mathematician, Geographer, Astrologer, Astronomer
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    Edwin Hubble
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    Edwin Powell Hubble was an American astronomer who played a crucial role in establishing the field of extragalactic astronomy and is generally regarded as one of the most important observational cosmologists of the 20th century. Hubble is known for showing that the recessional velocity of a galaxy ...more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1889-1953)
    • Birthplace: Marshfield, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Physicist, Astronomer
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    Nasir al-Din Tusi
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    Khawaja Muhammad ibn Muhammad ibn Hasan Tūsī, better known as Nasīr al-Dīn Tūsī, was a Persian polymath and prolific writer: An architect, astronomer, biologist, chemist, mathematician, philosopher, physician, physicist, scientist, theologian and Marja Taqleed. He was of the Ismaili-, and subsequently ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1201-1274)
    • Birthplace: Tous, Iran
    • Profession: Mathematician, Biologist, Physicist, Chemist, Theologian, + more
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