John Flamsteed, British astronomer

John Flamsteed, British astronomer

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Caption: John Flamsteed (1646-1719), British astronomer. Originally destined for the church, Flamsteed was invited to London to take up the position of first Astronomer Royal in 1675. Later that year he laid the foundation stone of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, London. He calculated the solar eclipses of 1666 and 1668, and made the first known sighting of the planet Uranus, which he catalogued as a star. Flamsteed famously quarrelled with Isaac Newton, who, along with Edmond Halley, stole some of Flamsteed's results without permission and published them in the book Historia Coelestis. Flamsteed recovered and burned three- quarters of the 400 copies. His results were later published as planned after his death.

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