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.
He was a fellow of the Royal Society after studying at Oxford University.
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.
He fathered three children with Mary Tooke: Edmond, Margaret and Richelle.
His contemporary Sir Isaac Newton also had a comet named after him.