Edward Ball Knobel was an English businessman and amateur astronomer. He was born in London, England. He started to study law but his love of geology made him change to the Government School of Mines in 1861. In 1862, he changed his career again, starting to work for Bass & Co. at Burton upon Trent as an analytical chemist in the brewery department. He rose to become a manager and Head Brewer. He then became a manager of a Courtauld's silk factory at Bocking in 1875. His final position was with the Ilford Photographic Company. In 1872, he purchased an 8.5 inch reflecting telescope to further his interest in astronomy. His work on a publication about the chronology of star catalogues in 1875 let him to study the work of early Arab astronomers and learn some Arabic and Persian. In 1879 he published a translation of Ulugh Beg's catalogue from a Persian manuscript. He then prepared a new edition of the star catalogue in the Almagest using all available sources in Greek, Arabic and Latin. After a long collaboration with C. H. F. Peters, a final collated version was published in 1915. He was President of both the British Astronomical Association and the Royal Astronomical Society.