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List of notable or famous astronomers from South Africa, with bios and photos, including the top astronomers born in South Africa and even some popular astronomers who immigrated to South Africa. If you're trying to find out the names of famous South African astronomers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These astronomers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known astronomer from South Africa is included when available.

List contains people like Robert T. A. Innes and David Gill.

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Cyril Jackson was a South African astronomer. He was born in Ossett, Yorkshire in England, but his father emigrated to South Africa in 1911. He worked at Union Observatory in Johannesburg from 1928 to 1947. He served with South African forces in the second world war, and was mentioned in despatches. After the war he was director of the Yale-Columbia Southern Observatory station in Johannesburg, which had been established by Yale University in the 1920s. Columbia University subsequently collaborated in that venture and the operation became known as the Yale-Columbia Southern Observatory. Due to light pollution that observatory had to be shut down in 1951 and he supervised the move of its ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 85 (1903-1988)

Birthplace: Ossett, United Kingdom

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Sir David Gill FRS was a Scottish astronomer who is known for measuring astronomical distances, for astrophotography, and for geodesy. He spent much of his career in South Africa. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 71 (1843-1914)

Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Aberdeen, United Kingdom, + more

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Ernest Leonard Johnson

Ernest Leonard Johnson was a South African astronomer. He was a former staff member of Union Observatory, retiring in 1956. He discovered a number of asteroids, and several comets, including periodic comet 48P/Johnson. ...more on Wikipedia


Harry Edwin Wood

Harry Edwin Wood was an English astronomer. Wood was born in Manchester, England, graduating from Manchester University in 1902 with first class honours in physics, going on to gain an M.Sc in 1905. In 1906 he was appointed the Chief Assistant at the Transvaal Meteorological Observatory, which soon acquired telescopes and which became known as the Union Observatory. He served as the observatory's director from 1928 to 1941, succeeding Robert Innes. In 1909, he married Mary Ethel Greengrass, also a physics graduate of Manchester University. They had no children. He served as the president of the Astronomical Society of South Africa from 1929 to 1930. Wood discovered a number of asteroids ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 65 (1881-1946)

Birthplace: Manchester, United Kingdom