Edmond Halley

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Birthday
8, 1656
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jan 14, 1742 (85)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
8, 1656
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jan 14, 1742 (85)

About

English mathematician who is credited as being the first person to calculate the orbit of Halley's Comet. He also served as the second Astronomer Royal, a senior post in the Royal Households of the United Kingdom, in British history.

Before Fame

He was a fellow of the Royal Society after studying at Oxford University.

Trivia

He was censured by The Royal Society when he suggested that the biblical story of Noah's arc surviving a flood could have been caused by a comet.

Family Life

He fathered three children with Mary Tooke: Edmond, Margaret and Richelle.

Associated With

His contemporary Sir Isaac Newton also had a comet named after him.