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Christopher Wren (1632-1723), English architect and astronomer. Wren's London churches include St Paul's Cathedral (lower right, consecrated 1708). In science, he made observations of the Moon and Saturn while Professor of Astronomy at Gresham College (1657-1660). He was then Savilian Professor of Astronomy at the University of Oxford (1661-1673), working on mechanics, optics and meteorology. From 1671, with Robert Hooke, he helped design the Monument to the Great Fire of London, which doubles as a scientific instrument. He was a founder of the Royal Society (1660), and its President from 1680-1682. He was knighted in 1673.
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