Famous Astronomers from the United Kingdom

List of notable or famous astronomers from the United Kingdom, with bios and photos, including the top astronomers born in the United Kingdom and even some popular astronomers who immigrated to the United Kingdom. If you're trying to find out the names of famous British 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 the United Kingdom is included when available.

Stephen Hawking and Arthur Stanley Eddington are included on this list along with many more.

This historic astronomers from the United Kingdom list can help answer the questions "Who are some British astronomers of note?" and "Who are the most famous astronomers from the United Kingdom?" These prominent astronomers of the United Kingdom may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected British astronomers.

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  • Adolph Friedrich Lindemann
    Dec. at 80 (1846-1927)
    Adolph Friedrich Lindemann (13 May 1846 – 25 August 1931) was a British engineer, businessman, and amateur astronomer of German origin.
    • Birthplace: Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom
    Alastair Preston Reynolds (born 13 March 1966) is a British science fiction author. He specialises in hard science fiction and space opera. He spent his early years in Cornwall, moved back to Wales ...more
  • Alfred Fowler
    Dec. at 72 (1868-1940)
    • Birthplace: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    Alfred Fowler, CBE FRS (22 March 1868, in Yorkshire – 24 June 1940) was an English astronomer. He was born in Wilsden on the outskirts of Bradford, Yorkshire and educated at London's Normal School of ...more
  • Andrew Ainslie Common

    Andrew Ainslie Common

    Dec. at 61 (1841-1903)
    • Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    Andrew Ainslie Common FRS (1841–1903) was an English amateur astronomer best known for his pioneering work in astrophotography.
  • Andrew Claude de la Cherois Crommelin

    Andrew Claude de la Cherois Crommelin

    Dec. at 74 (1865-1939)
    • Birthplace: Republic of Ireland
    Andrew Claude de la Cherois Crommelin (6 February 1865 – 20 September 1939) was an astronomer of French and Huguenot descent who was born in Cushendun, County Antrim, Ireland. He was educated in ...more
  • Andrew Graham

    Andrew Graham

    Dec. at 93 (1815-1908)
    • Birthplace: County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
    Andrew Graham (8 April 1815 – 5 November 1908), born in Irvinestown County Fermanagh, Ireland, was an Irish astronomer, orbit computer and discoverer of the asteroid 9 Metis.