George Airy, British astronomer

George Airy, British astronomer

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Caption: George Biddell Airy (1801-1892), British astronomer. During his career, Airy was elected president to the Royal Astronomical Society, Royal Society and British Association for the Advancement of Science, and held the post of Astronomer Royal as well as various professorships at Cambridge University. He made extensive planetary observations, discovering inequalities in the motions of Venus and Earth. As Astronomer Royal, he established the Prime Meridian in Greenwich, London, UK. He was knighted in 1872. Artwork from the ninth volume (first period of 1892) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.

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