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John Williams, British astronomer

John Williams, British astronomer

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John Williams (1797-1874), British astronomer. Williams was Assistant Secretary of the Royal Astronomical Society from 1846 till his death. His major contribution to astronomy was his study of Chinese records of sunspots, eclipses and comets, published in 1871 as "Observations of Comets, from BC 611 to AD 1640, extracted from Chinese Annals".

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