John Brashear

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Birthday
24, 1840
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Apr 8, 1920 (79)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
24, 1840
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Apr 8, 1920 (79)

About

Astronomer who patented instruments for telescopes. He received the Elliott Cresson Medal in 1910 and from 1901 to 1904, he was acting chancellor of the Western University of Pennsylvania, now known as the University of Pittsburgh.

Before Fame

He grew up star gazing as a teenager and he used to look through telescopes with his grandfather.

Trivia

There are craters on both the moon and on mars that are named in his honor.

Family Life

He married Phoebe Stewart, a Sunday school teacher, in 1862.

Associated With

He was born in the same year as Irish astronomer Robert Stawell Ball.