Thomas Harriot plaque

Thomas Harriot plaque

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Caption: Thomas Harriot plaque. Thomas Harriot (1560-1621) was a British mathematician and astronomer. He graduated from Oxford University and was hired by Sir Walter Raleigh as a mathematics tutor. After an expedition to the Americas, he worked on the theory of refraction. Halley's Comet in 1607 turned his attention to astronomy and Harriot made the first telescopic observations of the Moon on 26th July 1609, predating those of Galileo. He was the also the first man to observe sunspots, in December 1610. Photographed in the foyer of the Bank of England, London, UK.

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