Reverend Robert Main, British astronomer

Reverend Robert Main, British astronomer

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Caption: Reverend Robert Main (1808-1878), British astronomer. Main, educated in mathematics, was also an ordained Anglican priest. He made major contributions to several star catalogues. He was Chief Assistant at the Royal Greenwich Observatory (1835-1860), President of the Royal Astronomical Society (1859-1861), and Radcliffe Observer at the University of Oxford (1860-1878) He was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1858. Craters on the Moon and Mars are named in his honour.

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