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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 was a German-born, British engineer, businessman, and amateur astronomer. ...more

Age: Died at 81 (1846-1927)

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Alastair Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Astronomers from the United Kingdom
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Alastair Preston Reynolds is a British science fiction author. He specialises in dark hard science fiction and space opera. He spent his early years in Cornwall, moved back to Wales before going to Newcastle, where he read physics and astronomy. Afterwards, he earned a PhD from St Andrews, Scotland. In 1991, he moved to Noordwijk in the Netherlands where he met his wife Josette. There, he worked for the European Space Research and Technology Centre until 2004 when he left to pursue writing full-time. He returned to Wales in 2008 and lives near Cardiff. ...more

Age: 52

Birthplace: Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom

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Alfred Fowler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Astronomers from the United Kingdom
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Alfred Fowler, CBE FRS was an English astronomer. Not to be confused with American astrophysicist William Alfred Fowler. He was born in Wilsden, Yorkshire and educated at London's Normal School of Science, which was later absorbed into Imperial College, London. He was appointed Instructor of Astrophysics at Imperial College and worked there until his death. He was an expert in spectroscopy, being one of the first to determine that the temperature of sunspots was cooler than that of surrounding regions. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1910, when his citation read "Associate of the Royal College of Science. Assistant Professor of Physics Imperial College and Technology, South ...more

Age: Died at 72 (1868-1940)

Birthplace: Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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Andrew Ainslie Common is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Astronomers from the United Kingdom
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Andrew Ainslie Common

Andrew Ainslie Common FRS was an English amateur astronomer best known for his pioneering work in astrophotography. ...more

Age: Died at 62 (1841-1903)

Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom