DPE: Repository: Indexes of biographies , School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews

Indexes of biographies , School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews

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Name: Indexes of biographies
Institution: School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews
Address:
Mathematical Institute, North Haugh, St Andrews KY16 9SS
URL: http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/BiogIndex.html
Country: The United Kingdom
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The biographies listed here include those of people whose work promoted the science of navigation. They are: Tobias Mayer (1723-1762), a German Professor, whose lunar and solar tables published in England in the 18th Century were good enough to determine longitude at sea with an accuracy of half a degree; John Hadley (1682-1744) who invented the sextant which measured the altitude of the Sun or a star above the horizon to find geographic positions at sea; Nevil Maskelyne (1732-1811) a British astronomer who experimented with the determination of longitude by observations of the Moon's position and introduced this method into navigation by publishing `The British Mariner's Guide' (1763). He published the first volume of the `Nautical Almanac' in 1766 and continued the supervision of the almanac until his death; John Flamsteed (1646-1719) founder of the Greenwich Observatory, and the first Astronomer Royal of England; and Jonas Moore (1627-1679) famous for his strong support of mathematics and astronomy which made many other mathematical and astronomical advances possible.

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  • English

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    Uploaded: 9 October 2007 by DRAI
    Last Edited: 9 October 2007 by DRAI

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