Edmond Halley

English astronomer, mathematician, geophysicist, meteorologist and physicist

Edmond Halley, FRS (8 November 165614 January 1742) was an English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, and physicist who is best known for computing the orbit of the eponymous Halley's Comet.

Edmund Halley (circa 1690)

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  • Wherefore, if, according to what we have already said, it should return again about the year 1758, candid posterity will not refuse to acknowledge that this was first discovered by an Englishman.
    • As quoted in An Essay towards a History of the principal Comets that have appeared since the Year 1742 (1769), p. 49.  Halley's Comet reappeared on December 25, 1758.

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